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First published: April 1, 2024 - Last updated: April 1, 2024


Author: Ryan Shuvera

Title: Tanya Tagaq Covers Nirvana

Subtitle: “Rape Me” and a History of Settler Colonial Violence

Journal: IASPM Journal: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music

Volume: 11

Issue: 2

Year: 2021

Pages: 55-68

eISSN: 2079-3871 - Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | American History: Canadian History, U.S. History | Types: Rape; Representations: Song Texts / Nirvana, Tanya Tagaq


Link: IASPM Journal (Free Access)


Author: Ryan Shuvera, King’s University College, Western University

Abstract: »In 2016 Tanya Tagaq – an Inuk artist from Cambridge Bay (Iqaluktuutiaq), Nunavut, known for her performances of a style of throat singing – released her fourth studio album, Retribution. Retribution’s final song is a cover of Nirvana’s “Rape Me.” Tagaq’s version speaks to certain realities faced by Indigenous women living in settler colonial North America. She urges that the song be heard in a new way. Yet, as Tagaq’s cover discloses another voice and world, it constantly calls back to Nirvana’s version. The songs come together in conversation despite the geographical, cultural, and temporal differences between the performances. This paper examines Tagaq’s performance of “Rape Me” as a world opening and unsettling force. I also analyze the exchange created through Tagaq’s performance and what it might mean to enter the exchange as a listener and potential participant in the new worlds. « (Source: IASPM Journal)

  Abstract (p. 55)
  Introduction (p. 55)
  A Note on Terminology (p. 57)
  Unpacking Nirvana (p. 57)
  Tanya Tagaq and the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada (p. 59)
  Tanya Tagaq Unsettles Nirvana (p. 62)
  Reconciliation Unsettled (p. 63)
  Endnotes (p. 65)
  References (p. 66)
    Bibliography (p. 66)
    Web Sources (p. 68)
    Discography (p. 68)
    Videography (p. 68)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of Canada, History of the United States | Music: Rock music / Nirvana (band), Rape Me | Music: Inuit throat singing / Tanya Tagaq, Retribution (Tanya Tagaq album) | Sex and the law: Rape / History of rape