Billy Karren

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Billy Karren
Also known as Billy Boredom
Genres Punk, riot grrrl
Occupation(s) musician
Instruments guitar
Years active 1985-present
Labels Bikini Kill Records
Associated acts Bikini Kill
The Go Team
Comet Gain
The Frumpies

William Francis "Billy" Karren is an American musician, best known as the lead guitarist of the punk/riot grrrl band Bikini Kill, formed by Kathleen Hanna, with Karren, Tobi Vail and Kathi Wilcox.[1] He was also active in many other music projects including the Go Team,[2] the Frumpies,[3] Corrections, and Spray Painted Love (with Tobi Vail).[4]

In a Bikini Kill interview, Karren gave his influences as the Slits, the Ronettes, Chrissie Hynde and Wire.[5]


  1. ^ Raha, Maria (2005). Cinderella's big score: women of the punk and indie underground. Emeryville, CA: Seal Press. p. 203. 
  2. ^ Chick, Stevie (2009). Psychic confusion: the Sonic Youth Story. London: Omnibus Press. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Mitchell, Claudia & Reid-Walsh, Jacqueline (2008). Girl Culture: Studying girl culture, a readers' guide. ABC-CLIO. p185
  5. ^