Band Main Role(s) of Female(s) in Band Album Year


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ROCK’N AMERICA

   Suggested Listening: Women in Alternative Rock Bands 

Band

Main Role(s) of Female(s) in 

Band

Album

Year

Babes in 

Toyland   

Kat Bjelland: vocals/guitar; 

Maureen Herman: bass; Lori 

Barbaro: drums



Fontanelle

1992


Bikini Kill

Kathleen Hanna: vocals/bass; 

Kathi Wilcox: bass/vocals; Tobi 

Vail: drums/vocals



Pussy Whipped

1993


Breeders

Kim Deal: guitar/vocals; Kelley 

Deal: guitar/vocals; Jo Wiggs: 

bass/vocals;



Last Splash

1993


Garbage

Shirley Manson: vocals



Garbage

1995


Hole

Courtney Love: vocals/rhythm 

guitar; Kristen Pfaff: bass; Patty 

Schemel: drums



Live Through This

1994


Sleater-

Kinney


Corin Tucker: vocals/guitar; Carrie 

Brownstein: guitar/vocals; Lora 

Macfarlane: drums/vocals

Call the Doctor

1996


Smashing 

Pumpkins


D’Arcy Wretzky: bass 

Mellon Collie and the 

Infinite Sadness

1995


Sonic Youth

Kim Gordon: bass



Washing Machine

1995


Veruca Salt

Nina Gordon: rhythm guitar/

vocals; Louise Post: lead guitar/

vocals


American Thighs

1994


Yo La Tengo

Georgia Hubley: drums



Painful 1993

 The biggest female artist of the era, and one of the best selling female artists of all 

time, was Canadian-born Alanis Morissette. When she was 20 years old, Morissette 

moved to Los Angeles and was signed by major label Warner’s subsidiary, Maverick, 

run by Madonna. Morissette’s 1995 alternative rock release,  

Jagged Little Pill , went on 

to sell more than 16 million copies. Women were no longer a novelty, but rock was 

still dominated by white males. 

 Blacks were on Lollapalooza’s stage, but were a distinct minority. Lollapalooza began 

just when gangsta rap and hardcore rap were most popular. Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, 

and Wu Tang Clan made appearances on Lollapalooza’s stage in different years. Rap 



fans were heavily weighted toward younger, white, suburban males, and they tended 



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