Kathleen Hanna

Kathleen Hanna

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1968-11-12 (52 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Portland, Oregon

25 Movies · 1 TV show

Biography

Kathleen Hanna (born November 12, 1968) is an American singer, musician, artist, feminist activist, pioneer of the feminist punk riot grrrl movement, and punk zine writer. In the early-to-mid-1990s she was the lead singer of feminist punk band Bikini Kill, before fronting Le Tigre in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since 2010, she has recorded as The Julie Ruin.A documentary film about Hanna was released in 2013 by director Sini Anderson, titled The Punk Singer, detailing Hanna's life and career, as well as revealing her years-long battle with Lyme disease. Hanna is married to Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys.

Personal Life

In 2006, Hanna married Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys in a civil ceremony in Hawaii, after being a couple for nine years. The songs "Capri Pants" by Bikini Kill and "Just My Kind" by The Julie Ruin are written about her relationship with Horovitz.Hanna suffered from Lyme disease for six years before it was correctly diagnosed. The disease forced her to enter a three-month course of treatment in 2014, resulting in canceling live performances with her band the Julie Ruin. By June 2015, tests revealed that she was Lyme-free.

Early Life

Hanna was born November 12, 1968, in Portland, Oregon. At age four, her family moved to Calverton, Maryland; as Hanna's father changed occupations, the family moved several more times.Hanna first became interested in feminism around the age of nine, after her mother took her to a rally in Washington D.C. where feminist icon Gloria Steinem spoke. In a 2000 interview with BUST magazine, Hanna recalled: "My mom was a housewife and wasn't somebody that people would think of as a feminist, and when Ms. magazine came out we were incredibly inspired by it. I used to cut pictures out of it and make posters that said 'Girls can do anything', and stuff like that, and my mom was inspired to work at a basement of a church doing anti-domestic violence work. Then she took me to the Solidarity Day thing, and it was the first time I had ever been in a big crowd of women yelling, and it really made me want to do it forever."Hanna's interest grew when her mother checked out a copy of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique from the library. Their involvement in the women's rights movement was done quietly during Hanna's childhood, due to her father's disapproval.Upon her parents' divorce, Hanna returned to Portland and attended Lincoln High School. After high school, she relocated from Portland to Olympia, Washington, to attend The Evergreen State College in the late 1980s. During this time she worked as a stripper to pay her tuition. "My parents didn't go to college. I felt lucky [to attend]." While at Evergreen, with fellow student and photographer Aaron Baush-Greene, she set up a photo exhibit featuring the pair's photography, which dealt with sexism, violence against women, and AIDS – issues that were heightened for Hanna when she volunteered for SafePlace, a domestic violence organization. However, the school administrators took the photos down before they had the chance to be viewed, an act of censorship that prompted what Hanna refers to as her "first foray into activism": the creation of Reko Muse, an independent feminist art gallery, with friends Heidi Arbogast and Tammy Rae Carland.Hanna began doing spoken word performances that addressed sexism and violence against women. Eventually, she abandoned spoken word in favor of music after a conversation with one of her favorite writers, countercultural icon Kathy Acker. Hanna recalled,Acker asked me why writing was important to me, and I said, 'Because I felt like I'd never been listened to and I had a lot to say,' and she said, 'Then why are you doing spoken word—no one goes to spoken word shows! You should get in a band.'Hanna then formed a band with Arbogast and Carland, called Amy Carter, which put on shows before the art exhibitions.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

2 Movies
You Don't Own Me

You Don't Own Me

2021
There is a secret plot. In the middle of production.
Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

2021
The life and times of Poly Styrene were chronicled in this book.

2020.

1 Movie
The Go-Go's

The Go-Go's

2020
They are the first all-female band to play their instruments. The Go-Go's is the first album to make history. The rise to fame of a band born in the LA punk scene who became a pop phenomenon is chroni...

2019.

1 TV show
TV
Punk

Punk

2019
Featuring original interviews with America’s punk pioneers and the U.K.’s most notorious bands, alongside a seamless blend of rare and unseen photos, gritty archival film and video, a crackling soundt...

2018.

2 Movies
Tour Without End

Tour Without End

2018
TOUR WITHOUT END (Twenty-One Portraits and a Protest) stars the legendary Wooster Group founder Kate Valk and Jim Fletcher (The NYC Players), and includes musicians Kathleen Hanna, Lizzie Bougatsos (G...
Bad Reputation

Bad Reputation

2018
The life and career of rock n' roll icon Joan Jett from her early years ripping it up onstage as the founder and backbone of hard-rock legends The Runaways, to her long time collaboration with Kenny L...

2017.

2 Movies
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

2017
The subject of a documentary is Queercore, the cultural and social movement that began as an appendage of punk and was distinguished by its discontent with society's disapproval of the gay, bisexual, ...
Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk

Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk

2017
Over 30 years of the California Bay Area's punk music history is chronicled in Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk. A group of artists, writers, organizers and musicians created a petri dish th...

2016.

1 Movie
Maggie's Plan

Maggie's Plan

7.8
2016
When she falls in love with John, a married man, she derails her plan to have a baby on her own. When you suspect your man and his ex wife are perfect for each other, what do you do?

2015.

2 Movies
In Search of Margo-go

In Search of Margo-go

2015
In 1994, Jill Reiter began a feature starring Kathleen Hanna, called IN SEARCH OF MARGO-GO. Her playful synth-punk romp re-envisioned NYC club culture as an acid-hued comic book, equal parts LIQUID SK...
Myrna the Monster

Myrna the Monster

2015
Adult life in Los Angeles is like any other 20-something.

2014.

1 Movie
Revolution, Riot Grrrl Style

Revolution, Riot Grrrl Style

2014
Today, we see a new style of feminism springing up everywhere - young, provocative and radical. To get their message across, these women have decided to rely on rock music! While the Pussy Riot shock ...

2013.

1 Movie
The Punk Singer

The Punk Singer

2013
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.

2012.

2 Movies
Wonder Women!: The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Wonder Women!: The Untold Story of American Superheroines

2012
Feature documentary exploring the concept of heroic women from the birth of the superhero in the 1940s to the TV and big screen action blockbusters of today. Heroic role models are important in childh...
She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column

She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column

2012
Documentary about the groundbreaking queer feminist art band Fifth Column, who were at the centre of Toronto’s influential Queercore scene in the 1980-90s.

2011.

1 Movie
From the Back of the Room

From the Back of the Room

2011
Although it is often credited with spurring the "third wave" of feminism, Riot Grrrl seemed to be a blip in the media. Riot Grrrl paved the way for the more mainstream "girl power" phenomenon. The fil...

2010.

2 Movies
Kill All Redneck Pricks: KARP LIVES! 1990-1998

Kill All Redneck Pricks: KARP LIVES! 1990-1998

2010
This film is a biography of a friendship. Set in the indie rock utopia of an evergreen forested Olympia Washington of the early 90's, this film chronicles the journey of the love of three friends from...
Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour

Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour

2010
WHO TOOK THE BOMP? LE TIGRE ON TOUR follows iconic feminist electronic band Le Tigre on their 2004-2005 international tour across four continents and through ten countries. Supported by a community of...

2008.

1 Movie
The Gits

The Gits

2008
Filmmaker Kerri O'Kane's incisive documentary tracks the inception and ascent of Seattle-based post-punk band the Gits, whose rise to prominence was cut short by the shocking rape and murder of their ...

2005.

1 Movie
Don't Need You - The Herstory of Riot Grrrl

Don't Need You - The Herstory of Riot Grrrl

2005
A documentary film that tells the story of the origins of Riot Grrrl in the American independent music scene of the 1990s, and how this feminist movement evolved into a revolutionary underground netwo...

2004.

1 Movie
Sonic Youth: Corporate Ghost

Sonic Youth: Corporate Ghost

2004
There are Sonic Youth videos from 1990 to 2002. The people who collaborated with Spike Jonze are Todd Haynes, Mark Romanek, and Richard Kern.

1998.

1 Movie
Julie Ruin - Aerobicide

Julie Ruin - Aerobicide

1998
The band Julie Ruin has a music video that criticizes the cynical music marketeers of corporate America. The " Girls Rule (kind of) Strategy" is the kind of criticism that targets campaigns aimed at w...

1996.

1 Movie
Lucy Barks!

Lucy Barks!

1996
For a brief window of time, a record store called Revolutions Per Minute was open from the summer of 1992 to the beginning of 1998, that specialized in rock and punk music on independent labels. This ...

1995.

1 Movie
The Judy Spots

The Judy Spots

1995
These five short videos introduce Judy, a paper maché puppet who ruminates on her position in society. Like Judy, of the famous Punch and Judy puppet duo, Benning’s Judy seems to experience the world ...

1994.

1 Movie
No Alternative Girls

No Alternative Girls

1994
No Alternative Girls is a 1994 short film by Tamra Davis.

1993.

1 Movie
It Changed My Life: Bikini Kill in the UK

It Changed My Life: Bikini Kill in the UK

1993
Huggy Bear and Bikini Kill toured the UK in 1993. The documentary features appearances from the Raincoats, Sister George, and Skinned Teen.
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