Girl Power

Kind of a cool moment this afternoon:  I just bought the book Girl Power:  The Nineties Revolution in Music by Marisa Meltzer, the woman who co-wrote How Sassy Changed My Life.  As I picked it up just now, I thought, "Huh.  Didn't I talk with Marisa Meltzer a couple of years ago, before the Girl Zines book came out?"  So I looked in the index, and there I am, three times.  That's cool, of course, but the coolest thing was that one of my quotes ends the book's preface:

Girl power is, as Professor Alison Piepmeier says of her own 10,000 Maniacs and Suzanne Vega-obsessed college years, about "seeking a culture of women's voices.  I knew I had things to say and I wanted to find women who were making a public space for themselves."  Girl power allows each of us to map out what it means to be a woman in the world, one song at a time.

Thus ends the preface, and begins the serious work of the book.  Every time she quotes me I sound so smart.  I had the fun experience of being impressed with my own ideas.  Everyone who quotes me should follow Marisa Meltzer's lead.


Jims said...

I'll be teaching your ideas if my summer course runs. I'm scheduled to teach Women and Politics, and I decided to make it social movement oriented and include new social movements (riot grrrl) and zines. So I'll be assigning some parts of Girl Zines if more than 3 students will ever sign up for the course.

Alison said...

Jims, having a book of mine used in a class taught by one of my brilliant former students is far more exciting than being in Marisa Meltzer's book. Just be sure to make me sound smart throughout. :)