Here is a description of the novel from Steve,
“The primary aim is to reclaim the narrative of Mia’s brilliant life and tell true story of the years prior to July 7, 1993. It is a bi-lingual Graphic Novel which is part Biography and part Historical Fiction. It includes an international interactive curriculum for youth in Mexico and the Bay Area.
Too often Mia is vaguely remembered as a victim. “The Tragic Death of a Rising Star”, read the headline.
What of the art, music and scene she created; her remarkable family history and her transformative lyrics and universal messages. Her true character and contributions have been eclipsed and warped by the media’s thirst to exploit victims of ‘sex crimes.'”
For more info and how to donate go to www.stevemoriarty.org
Photos from the benefit show are starting to surface! Here is one of many by Catch the groove photography! Check of their album for more.
♦ Articles about the Gits reunion show: For the Seattle music community, benefits are the sound of caring for its own, See Here: Live Video of the Gits Reunion (w/Rachel Flotard on Vocals) from This Weekend, Hammerbox, Gits and others perform at benefit for James Atkins The Gits Reunion
♦ Mia’s cousin Joyce has done a cover of the Gits “Second Skin.” She makes music and does stand up in LA!
♦ Check out the NEW Gits Facebook Page: Second Skin – The Gits Fans Community
♦ March 17th 2014 It’s Saint Patrick’s Day! It’s almost Spring or Fall in some places and I have a favor to ask of Gits around the world.One favor I have to ask of those of you who were around to see us play. I am writing a graphic novel about THE GITS music career and some of the history we lived through or witnessed. There are other themes and historical references. Other bands we met and played with, a Berlin Wall, a tour or mainly squats in Europe, Wars etc., relationships, break ups, poverty but always, always The Band.Can you write down one vivid memory of seeing THE GITS anywhere or the impression you got from a song on the radio or a recording? Or an experience with Mia or Andy or any combination of us off stage? Deep, or funny or shenanigans, just as best you can remember. And in no more than a couple paragraphs to describe the scene or what you saw and felt. Then please forward this part of the email to a fan a hater or anyone else you know who knows THE GITS, or witnessed lany one of us perform or otherwise misbehave on stage or off. Just a couple paragraphs. Thanks. FYI I am partnering with illustrator Patrick Moriarity who worked for Twin Tone records, did Replacements cover art, and then was Art Director for Phantagraphics books in Seattle for 8 years or so. (During the Love and Rockets years) He is my partner and has illustrated stories by WS Burroughs, C Bukowski, HS Thompson. Also he was a huge Gits fan, So I think he can handle it. So don’t hold back. We are not going into any part of the murder or the after affect. It’s about “Art, Punk Rock and People”. In fact forward it to anyone who might have been impressed, for good or bad by the band and members. Only caveat is that it be true. Send it right back to Becca, webmeister or to me directly at the email below. Thank you. And may God have mercy on your soul.
♦ January 16th 2014 “The Rolling Stone interview I did last week received a lot of negative comments. So like a sucker taunted by ignorant bullies, I posted the following reply: Seattle is one of the greatest cities in the world for music and the arts because of a civic understanding and a willingness to give back to the community. The rising tide lifts all ships. Most every band, cartoonist, filmmaker, writer, dancer, actor or artist does about 95% of their work for free. For the benefit of seeing something beautiful created from nothing. What we have we share to help out other people doing cool stuff. They in turn pass the resources forward. Most of the gigs THE GITS played were benefits for some worthy cause or non-profit. It’s that way with most indie and punk bands. Nobody is in it for the money but at times money is needed and often well deserved. When our singer Mia was murdered and we needed to find the killer, our friends, artists and musicians organized and raised money needed for our private murder investigation that eventually led to his apprehension and incarceration. A nonprofit was formed to teach self defense to women and girls for free, It offered classes for over 10 years. This model was replicated in cities all over the world.
There exist industry standard fees for licensing original music for television shows, movies and commercials that are created to sell products and make profits. There are also a few common threads of decorum that one must employ when that venture involves the hearts and souls of individuals who have lost a family member… or otherwise suffered deeply. The purpose of this type of reality based entertainment is to research, film and then profit from selling advertising to other businesses. The very friendly folks at NBC’s Peacock Productions were only able to pay lip service to the sensitivity needed in this case. They were in a hurry, they had alienated the Zapata family and several of my friends by cold calling to ask for personal filmed interviews of a horrible event in their lives. They had refused another musician’s suggestion to donate some proceeds to a local children’s hospice.
You would be shocked if you knew how little NBC had offered to use our songs for the episode, maybe even insulted. I stand by my band’s decision not to donate our precious few recordings or scraps of film footage to a TV show, already in production, themed essentially on the worst event in my (and many other’s) life. Justice is fairness in my world and NBC would do well to be fair to musicians and more respectful to the people they use to create reality TV.
Thanks for all the great input. It’s a grand opportunity to discuss issues that are important to many people but are too often snubbed, criticized or ignored. Issues like: fair wages for work, intellectual property rights and the pathetic value corporations tend to place the lives of others.
But it’s late. I think there may be a rerun of “30 Rock” airing on NBC… I love that show!” – Steve Moriarty
♦ January 14th 2014 “I was in Seattle for show. I was shocked at how many friends and strangers approached me about my FB post regarding the exploitative NBC Reality Crime Show, “Murder in the Night”. The post went kinda viral (I guess) and suddenly Rolling Stone, Seattle Met, KIRO news etc, wanted to interview me about the big boycott of NBC. (A term I never used).
Musician and Author Vanessa Veselka lent perspective to a group of us as we posed for our vanity rock pics in the posh green room of the club (just a half block from where Mia Zapata was last seen alive) Vanessa said something like; murder/crime TV depicting stalking, rape and murder of women can fuel real murder/rape fetishes of some sick men leading to violent acting out in ways learned in part from TV. Its death glamorized and rape sexualized. The true stories of murder of women and girls and grieving families for profit.
I think that some of these programs were once sincere efforts to catch fugitive violent criminals from TV viewer’s phone tips.
So why is NBC featuring a case that we solved 10 years ago? I can Guess$.
Basta ya! Enough is enough.
Mia Zapata becomes a more influential musician and artist worldwide, while once popular bands with forgotten songs have fleeting reunion shows. Mia has not set foot on stage since 1993 but still inspires countless women, men and youth to play music. She communicates empathy, determination and resilience with unrivaled soul-knowing delivery with brilliant word economy.
Mia’s grace, grit and her indomitable spirit shames TV network’s efforts to exploit, yet again, her death for quick cash.
This chapter is over. Let the woman sing and be known for her life, her art and her band.
It’s late.” – Steve Moriarty
♦ January 5th 2014 “NBC’s True Crime in the Dark (or something equally as tasteless) series, recently filmed a re-enactment of the murder of our friend Mia Zapata. They used actors and canned music. I tried to have civil and logical conversations with the producers of the show, however, NBC did not think that using The Gits music or film footage of Mia playing live was worth paying customary and fair licensing fees as established by ASCAP, BMI and the recording Industry. There is nothing artistic, musical or positive about the re-telling of Mia’s brutal death. Nothing except a cheap way for NBC to sell ads for a younger, hipper demographic which the network desperately needs. The piece will air in June and does not have the endorsement of any of the band, Mia’s family or immediate friends. It is simply, Gitsploitation and I suggest local business refrain from advertising products and services on NBC during the month of the one hour episode of “murder in the dark”. (Or whatever the title) featuring The murder of Mia and the city of Seattle.” – Steve Moriarty
♦ These Streets: Interview with Steve Moriarty and Emily Marsh
♦ NEW release! Second Skin/Social love limited edition LP
♦ These Streets play inspired by Mia Zapata and many other women rockers. “These Streets” is an unconventional theatrical play and history project, inspired by women rock musicians in Seattle during the famed grunge years.
♦ Home Alive documentary trailer