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“Second Skin”

Posted by purplemary54 on March 5, 2014

The Gits were a great band.  They played hardcore, emotional Punk that didn’t pull any punches.  They were from Ohio, but had relocated to Seattle and considerable success for a band without a major label contract.  They had a sizable following in the city of Grunge, and in the early 90s looked to be getting ready to break through to even more acclaim  But they aren’t very well-known for their music.  The Gits are most famous for what happened to their lead singer, Mia Zapata.

On July 7th, 1993, Mia Zapata was raped and murdered by a stranger as she walked home from a night out.  Her death was senseless and tragic, and it remained unsolved for a decade.  Her friends, family, and bandmates continued to fight for justice until an arrest was made.  Zapata’s killer was arrested and convicted in 2003; he was sentenced to 36 years in prison.  It’s not enough–nothing would be enough, frankly–but as long as he stays locked up, it’ll do.

After her death, some of Mia Zapata’s friends started Home Alive, a non-profit group dedicated to helping teach women to defend themselves.  (The group formally disbanded a few years ago, but volunteers keep the self-defense program alive.)  I guess that’s the real legacy of her beautiful, angry voice.  Her peers, including Joan Jett, Soundgarden, and Nirvana, kept Mia alive by singing and playing to help prevent other women from suffering the same fate.  Jett even joined with the surviving members of the Gits to record Evil Stig (Gits Live backwards).

Today isn’t any kind of anniversary for the band or Zapata.  The Gits just came up on the computer, and I thought y’all should hear them, and Mia’s story, if you haven’t already.  She was talented, and I hate that no one is ever going to know what she could’ve accomplished.


2 Responses to ““Second Skin””

  1. Sandee said

    I like her voice, and this song. What a tragedy.

  2. 45spin said

    Thanks to telling her story, violence against women is one of the most overlooked crimes that nobody seems to focus enough attention on.

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