Tobi had a gift for taking the stuff of everyday life, snacks and walks and little one-off bands and art projects, and making them sound like the most exciting things in the world. She had read the Beats, learning from Kerouac and Ginsberg how a breathless tone and a stance of wild romanticism could transform ordinary goings-on into adventure, everyday life into myth and self-contained scene into a veritable pantheon of mutually reinforcing genius.
Everything was accessible, everything was meaningful, everything was available to be discussed and assessed and incorporated into an exuberant and revolutionary worldview.
- Excerpt on Tobi Vail’s writing and zine - late 80s. From Girls to the Front: The true story of the RIOT GRRRL Revolution by Sara Marcus