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The Punk Singer

A Documentary Film About Kathleen Hanna

(DVD - 2014)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Punk Singer
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A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2014]
ISBN: 0788617664
9780788617669
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.42166 PUNK
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (82 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in

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Lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, Hanna rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the Riot Grrrl movement of the '90s. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons for a new generation of women and a cultural lightning ... Read More »

A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s. This wonderful documentary inspired me to make this list.


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Kathleen Hanna, the subject of this documentary, pretty much embodies pure energy. Whether or not you like her voice or music is beside the point, as usually the case with punk music. Hanna is unapologetically feminist, never anything less than direct and with a willingness to be confrontational. Again, this is what punk rock is all about. So what makes Hanna documentary-worthy? Her music’s cathartic and brutally honest. She’s fearlessness and charismatic. She’s the leader of the Riot Grrrrl movement, which has endured and grown over the past twenty-five or so years. Her contributions to a generation of punk rock feminism cannot be denied. “The Punk Singer” is about as good a documentary as you can ask for about a force of nature such as Hanna.

May 10, 2014
  • vivaucrania rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing documentary, Kathleen Hanna is an inspirational artist with quasi magic energy. Loved it.

Apr 28, 2014
  • jessan12 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding documentary. I had this on a loop for the week I had it checked out,watched it 5 or 6 times. Highly recommended.

I can't wait to see this documentary!!!!

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