The Expansion of Punk Rock: Riot Grrrl Challenges to Gender Power Relations in British Indie Music Subcultures

  title={The Expansion of Punk Rock: Riot Grrrl Challenges to Gender Power Relations in British Indie Music Subcultures},
  author={Julia Downes},
  journal={Women's Studies},
  pages={204 - 237}
  • J. Downes
  • Published 11 January 2012
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies
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