The Black ‘Godmother of Grunge’ Who Inspired Your Fav Bands

Seattle’s Tina Bell is forgotten no more

Stephanie Siek
ZORA

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Black and white photo of Tina Bell performing.
Tina Bell. Photos courtesy of Scotty Ledgerwood.

When you think of grunge, do you picture a bunch of long-haired White guys in plaid shirts, singing about teenage angst and self-loathing? Time to expand that viewpoint. Standing above them all should be Tina Bell, a tiny Black woman with an outsized stage presence, and her band, Bam Bam. It’s…

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Stephanie Siek
ZORA

Stephanie Siek is a writer and editor who loves cats, cookie dough and aborted alliteration.