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A Revolution You Can Dance To!

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September 10 - April 23, 2017

In 1983 Calvin Johnson, Bret Lundsford and Heather Lewis started the band Beat Happening. With little experience playing or performing in front of an audience as a band they immediately recorded and released a self-titled LP on Calvin Johnson’s K Records label. 

This became the standard blueprint for forming a band. What followed was an artistic explosion Olympia had never seen before.

Some bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam hit it big on the national stage while others remained local. Festivals received worldwide attention, record labels launched world renowned bands and zines started political movements across the country. Olympia had created a revolution you could dance to.

Women were a major part of this new music scene. As artists, they demanded to be taken seriously and formed bands, made zines, and challenged misogyny. Dubbed Riot Grrrls, their songs tackled topics like depression and eating disorders. Lyrics were now transformed to gutwrenching personal narratives. Leading the charge were bands like Bikini Kill and Bratmobile. Together these women transformed culture, challenged societal norms and empowered young girls to find their artistic way in the world.

Take part in a  special wrap-up event for this exhibition:

A Revolution You Can Dance To: Discussion with Evergreen Alumni
Washington State History Museum
Saturday April 22
2 p.m.

The Washington State History Museum and the Evergreen Alumni department have partnered to present a program in conjunction with the exhibit 
A Revolution You Can Dance To.This moderated discussion will cover festivals, music, art, and Olympia in its full artistic glory. Free with museum admission, or $5 program only admission; for tickets click here.