Club 27: Mia Zapata

Here’s today’s subject, Mia Zapata. Today’s subject’s demise was sad.

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Mia Katherine Zapata (August 25, 1965 – July 7, 1993) was the lead singer for the Seattle punk band The Gits. After gaining praise in the nascent grunge rock scene, Zapata was murdered in 1993 while on her way home from a music venue. The crime went unsolved for a decade before her killer, Jesus Mezquia, was tried, convicted and sentenced to 36 years in prison.

Zapata was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Zapata learned how to play the guitar and the piano by age nine, and was influenced by punk rock as well as jazz, blues, and R&B singers such as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles, Hank Williams, and Sam Cooke.

In 1984, Zapata enrolled at Antioch College located in Yellow Springs, Ohio, as a

In the aftermath of her murder, friends created a self-defense group called Home Alive. Home Alive organized benefit concerts and released albums with the participation of many of Seattle’s music elite; such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Heart, and the Presidents of the United States of America. Joan Jett also recorded an album with the surviving members of the Gits called Evil Stig (“Gits Live” backwards). The Home Alive group’s instructors offered a range of courses, from anger management and use of pepper spray to the martial arts.

Here’s one of their songs. Enjoy

F.M. Laster

“I never loved another person the way I loved myself”. – Mae West

 

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