It may or may not be surprising to find out that both terms Kinderwhore and Riot Grrrl originated in conversations about my life between Kurt Cobain and myself.
Kurt came up with the band name Amy Carter and the idea for a zine “I [Heart] Amy Carter”. The band members consisted of Tammy Rae, Kathleen Hanna, and Heidi Aborgast.
We were discussing former President Jimmy Carter who’s home state is Georgia, same as my adopted mother’s. I told him Amy Lynn Carter and I shared not only a first name and middle initial, but we also both have red hair. (origin for stagename Amy Lynn)
In 1991 Nirvana released the song On A Plain written in reference to President Jimmy Carter’s home town of Plains, Georgia.
(Left, young Amy Lynn Carter, fourth daughter of U.S. President Jimmy Carter)
(Bottom Right, Amy Lee, January 1976 on 8th Birthday)
The name for the band Velvet Revolver came from the band The Velvet Underground managed by the artist Andy Warhol and The Beatles ’66 album Revolver. Even though the song Falling to Pieces was not released until 2004, I came up with the song between ’83 and ’84. It had been a long day and I remember them pushing me really hard. My clothes were soaked with sweat, but I was trying to be a trouper. The whole time I felt like I was about to pass out.
“I keep a journal of memories
I’m feeling lonely, I can’t breathe
I fall to pieces, I’m falling
Fell to pieces and I’m still falling” – Falling to Pieces performed by Velvet Revolver
The lyrics to the song inspired not only Kurt Cobain to write and publish his journals, but also Michael Hutchence of INXS to keep a journal.
The naming of the band is what influenced them to do the 1996 movie on the life of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat with Courtney Love having a small role.