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Ladies you should know about (and our subsequent Girls on Film): Tribe 8

July 15, 2010

Tribe 8 emerged out of the revolutionary and political pro-GLBT environment in San Francisco in the early 90’s. Considered one of the first queercore groups and self-professed ‘dyke punks’, Tribe 8 broke new ground for female musicians and feminists alike. Anchored by vocalist Lynn Breedlove, the band featured several different musicians over the years that they played together, yet all players shared common ground in their identities as powerful, queer feminists.

Their sound caught the attention of Dead Kennedy’s front man Jello Biafra, who quickly signed them to his Alternative Tentacles label (where the band released 3 significant albums- Fist City, Snarksim, and Role Models for Amerika.) Tribe 8 is known for their radical performances; Breedlove has been known to perform topless and often wears a dildo on stage. Their rebellious praxis has earned them scorn and praise alike, but the band has remained faithful to their feminist political roots in the face of criticism.

Filmmaker Tracy Flannigan captures 5 years in the career of this revolutionary all-female band in her documentary Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary. The film includes many performances and behind-the scenes footage, plus intimate interviews with band members. We at Girl Germs are really excited to have a chance to screen this film for a bigger audience, as we celebrate the careers of these groundbreaking female artists.

The 3rd installment of our Girls on Film series happens this Sunday, July 18th at the 501 Club in Minneapolis. Music starts at 8, and the movie starts at 8:30. Retweet our event on Twitter to get entered to win a signed DVD copy of Margaret Cho’s ‘Revolution’! Look forward to a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Cho on tour, October 15th at the State Theater!

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