Tina Bell | The Woman Who Invented Grunge

Nice YouTube mini documentary on Tina Bell & Bam Bam..

Tina Bell | The Woman Who Invented Grunge. 
Miss Ann Thrope, youtube channel, May 23, 2021. 

TINA BELL, QUEEN OF GRUNGE PUNK

The first African American women to front a punk grunge, hard rock band in the US. Greatest female rock singer since Janis Joplin.

Brilliant song writer, lyricist, performer;  The Queen of grunge punk, she fronted Seattle grunge pioneers Bam Bam 1983-1990. 

Tina Bell first found her voice singing in choir at the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Seattle. Her first stage experience was not in a band, but performing with The Langston Hughes Theater, also in Seattle. 

In 1984 Tina Bell and her band Bam Bam recorded & released one of the first pieces of vinyl on Seattle's early grunge scene; THE first from famed Reciprocal Recording Studios in Seattle. (the ep "Villains also wear white"). 

Despite years of dedication, innovative music and packed shows, acceptance for Tina was elusive. People simply weren't ready for her yet. 
The lack of recognition eventually took its toll on Bell. She retired from music  in 1990. 

In 2012, her (& Bam Bam guitarist Tommy Martin's) son TJ Martin won the Academy Award for Best Director of a Feature Length Documentary for his film Undefeated. ABC aired a portion of Tina Bell's final interview during the Academy Awards broadcast. 

Tina Bell died Oct 2012 while plans were underway for a Bam Bam reunion. 

Tina Marie Bell, 1957-2012. 

"Ahead of Tina's HBO premiere, directors Lindsay and Martin hopped on a Zoom call with Billboard (the latter rocking a t-shirt from a different trailblazing Tina, that of his mother Tina Bell, the pioneering Black woman who fronted early '80 grunge band Bam Bam)".

from: 'Tina' Doc's Oscar-Winning Directors on Bringing a Fresh POV to Tina Turner's Life. Joe Lynch writing for Billboard. Mar 25, 2021 

40 Black Rock-Hers Who Are Shaking It Up! Tina Bell #5. BLACK ROCKERS UNITED. April 9, 2021.

"We're posthumously watching her ripple effect today, shaking up the scene.

Bam Bam just signed with Bric-A-Brac Records! Congratulations and rock on out there! RIP, Tina Bell".

"Tina Bell was a talented musician who started the group Bam Bam with Tommy Martin, TJ’s father. Bam Bam was a revolutionary Seattle grunge band that remains a core part of the area’s music history".

From: TJ Martin’s Tinas. Chase Hutchinson writing for The Stranger. Apr 6, 2021.

Tina Bell

This week I had the honor of being interviewed by Samantha Hollins of The Culture Rock Griot to talk about Bam Bam and the incomparable Tina Bell. Feb 5 is her birthday: Happy Birthday Tina Bell!! Thank you and much love to Samantha Hollins.

"Tina Bell; a pioneering Black woman in grunge".

Fazer Aqui, Joinville Brazil, June 6, 2019

Joinville receives 1st edition of Expor Rock Black Women in Underground, an initiative of Projeto Negras in Underground created by Ana Paula Porfirio. It will show 5 references of Black women in various musical genres in the form of visual art by Sap Paulo artist Jessical Lisboa. They are Sister Rosseta Tharpe, the "mother of rock"; Poly Styrene with punk rock; Tina Bell, a pioneering Black woman in grunge; Skin, lead singer if Skunk Anansie bringing alternative rock; and Cammie Gilbert, the dark metgal goddess of progressive metal, lead singer of Oceans of Slumber. 

Tina Bell listed in Brazil's Enciclopédiadaspretasnorock aka Encyclopedia of black rock.

Evento Black Underground promove representatividade feminina e negra. - (Black Underground event promotes female and Black representation).

Bam Bam singer Tina Bell is featured along side Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Tina Turner and Poly Styrene.  

O Mirante, Joinville Brasil. October 28, 2019. 

Tina Bell pics

Tina Bell honored as one of the "Black Pioneers of Rock". by HECreative, Burnhanm-on-Crouch, Essex England.