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A Revolution You Can Dance To! Indie Music in the NW

September 10, 2016

The Washington State Historical Society’s newest exhibit at the museum, A Revolution You Can Dance To: Indie Music in the Northwest, examines how music, art and politics from bands creating music and performing in Olympia spread their influence statewide, regionally and then across the country. This glimpse into a local music scene shows how anyone from any region can have a striking impact on art and history. 

Some bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam hit it big on the global stage while others remained local. And women were a major part of this new music scene. As artists, they demanded to be taken seriously. They formed bands, made zines and challenged misogyny. Dubbed “Riot Grrrls,” their gut-wrenching personal narrative styled songs tackled topics like depression and eating disorders, among other things. Together these women transformed culture, challenged societal norms and empowered young girls to find their artistic way in the world. 

The Washington State History Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting our shared history in a vibrant and engaging matter that brings it alive for visitors of all ages. A Revolution You Can Dance To fits the bill.

Learn more about the exhibit and related programs here...