The first time Matt Dresdner heard Mia Zapata sing, he knew she was destined to front the punk rock group he dreamt of forming. In the fall of 1986, at Ohio's Antioch College, Dresdner, Andrew Kessler, Steve Moriarty, and Zapata became The Gits. In 1989, they relocated to Seattle, WA, in search of a new life and a larger audience. The Gits quickly gained popularity in the Seattle music scene of the early 1990s, distinguishing themselves with their soulful street punk at a time when "grunge" was putting Seattle on the map. Characterized by powerful, driving music and Zapata's poetic lyrics, major record labels took notice. But just as The Gits were poised to explode onto the national music scene, an unfathomable tragedy struck. On July 7, 1993, Mia Zapata was raped and murdered in Seattle while walking home one night. Without warning, this promising band faced a horrific end and the fabric that built this tight knit music community began to unravel. In 2003, one year into filming "The ... Written by
The band. The music. The legacy. One tragic night changed it all.
Did You Know?
When cameras started rolling, Mia's murder was still unsolved. By the time the documentary was finished, the case would be closed and footage shot for the film would be used in court. See more
While You're Twisting, I'm Still Breathing
Wrtten by Andrew Kessler aka Joe Spleen
Lyrics by Mia Zapata
Performed by The Gits
Published by Fishheadhotdog Burrito Music (ASCAP) See more