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Art of Self Defense


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Vinyl, July 23, 1996
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • ASIN: B000007ZI7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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It's not all that uncommon for the artists, writers, and musicians of a community to band together for a worthy local cause. But when the community is the fabled '90s rock mecca of Seattle, a local benefit is bound to assume national interest. Such is the case with Home Alive: The Art of Self Defense, a double-CD of music and spoken word poetry whose proceeds go to Home Alive, a Seattle-area non-profit organization dedicated to providing self-defense training and resources to combat violence. Home Alive's primary inspiration is Mia Zapata, singer of the Seattle band the Gits who was raped and murdered in 1993. Memories of Zapata run throughout Home Alive: Her music (with the Gits and solo), her former bandmates (as Evil Stig and Dancing French Liberals of '48), and her tragedy (violence and abuse). Brutal words from Lydia Lunch ("Why We Murder"), Natalie Jacobson ("Got What Was Coming"), and Bobby Miller ("Keep You Mouth Off My Sisters") make it clear Home Alive's response is not one of antiviolence but rather counterviolence--and that often requires fighting back forcefully.

With a few honorable exceptions (Jello Biafra, Jim Carroll, Joan Jett), Home Alive draws its talent pool entirely from the Seattle music scene, including the big guys (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Heart), the mid-sized (7 Year Bitch, Presidents of the U.S.A., Fastbacks, Supersuckers), and the little ones (Los Hornets, North American Bison, Catfood, Christdriver). The range of emotions and responses presented sends a tremendous message of solidarity to victims everywhere. And given all the grunge hype thrown Seattle's way, it's both disarming and touching to find that true substance and community actually exist there. --Roni Sarig

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Y. Stark on March 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This great, feminist, grunge collection is a very suitable tribute to slain Gits singer, Mia Zapata. No particular statements, and no really unusual cuts. Nirvana contributed a cut, but it was already out on album when this compilation was released (and Kurt was already dead). Still this is a great compilation for Mia's supporters, and made by people with great heart.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2002
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Quoting a previous review: "It is an absolute waste of money to buy this CD" - yea, you get a sampling of the best of Seattle's mainstream and underground musical/spoken-word acts, and worst of all...the proceeds go to the Home Alive fund which works to promote safety through self-defense and find the rapist and murderer of Gits frontwoman Mia Zapata. What a waste indeed. A good cause, some good bands. The music is interupted for spoken word interludes by the likes of Jello Biafra and Exene Cervenka. Hardly stand-up comedy, but probably confusing to some mainstream rock kid just looking for rare Nirvana or Pearl Jam.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2002
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Good bands...good music...good speaking...Lydia Lunch. What's not to like?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2003
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Outstanding bands, outstanding spoken word. Hard to believe after all this time it looks like the murderer was caught. On Jan 10, 2003 through DNA evidence someone was arrested.
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By Exercise Queen on July 8, 2014
Format: Audio CD
It is sad that this compilation is still so relevant after 20 odd years. I had a burned copy of this from the 90s and misplaced it years ago. I recently read new articles about Mia and her murder and it renewed my interest in this organization and album. Great songs, great artists, great message.
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