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The Punk Singer


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  • Actors: Kathleen Hanna, Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon
  • Directors: Sini Anderson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GS0927I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,305 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. In so doing she became both one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons and a cultural lightning rod. While her critics wished she would just shut up, her fans hoped she never would. So when in 2005 Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna and those who were part of the scene, including music legends Joan Jett and Adam Horowitz, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.

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This is a woman who has been through hell and come out kicking, and the result is as much a celebration as it is a documentary. --Tom Huddleston, Time Out

"Offers revelations alongside an invigorating recap of Hanna's influential career. --John Defore, Hollywood Reporter

Customer Reviews

This "Rebel Girl", Kathleen Hanna, was a beam of well needed light into the darkest issues concerning women.
Sheryl Fechter
While the film is both an excellent documentary on her music it also is an interesting and poignant tale of her struggle with Lyme disease.
Lovblad
Dont have a bad thing to say about it.... Highly recommend this to fans and people who watch it will become new fans.
brandon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Rogers on April 4, 2014
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I was dragged to the Mall in DC to see Fugazi and "some lame chicks rights band" back in the day. I was an unaware young man just going for a free show and walked away with with a seed planted in my head. Bikini Kill opened my mind to a wave of bands and ideas that has taken the years since then to really sink in. Kathleen is such an amazing person and artist, this film goes beyond all the BS and gives a slight peak at the person behind the art. I am sure I could go on but there are reviews here that spill it out better than I can, in parting buy this movie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Ishii on December 31, 2013
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I had forgotten how much she did for the music scene - especially for women. I was introduced to the punk scene several years after the riot girl movement had already been around and so much was already different thanks to bands like Bikini Kill. Also as someone who is battling chronic Lyme disease myself, I really appreciate her talking about and even showing her disease on film. More people need to know about this awful disease that is becomming an epidemic. I appreciate Kathleen Hanna bringing attention to the disease, showing her struggles and realiy to the audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Fechter on April 26, 2014
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'Bikini Kill' was just one of those really great bands fronted by the talented Kathleen Hanna. Showing so much of the band in concert, along with Hanna talking freely, I really enjoyed this documentary as I haven't heard much about her in such a long time. Now Sini Anderson gives us this musical look, along with her additional camera work, into this Punk Rock band with a message as clear as crystal. The feminist wave of female rockers was understood differently by different people, although Hanna defines being a feminist right here: "Feminism is standing up to any and all oppression for anyone". This "Rebel Girl", Kathleen Hanna, was a beam of well needed light into the darkest issues concerning women. 'Bikini Kill' revamped concerts with an open invite for all the girls to get to the front of the audience. This was to keep them away from the violent nature of concerts as she was seeing them at the time. With songs about abuse, rape, violence, sexism and objectifying women, Kathleen Hanna punched out her feelings with lyrical fists.

Not only did she have her own band, she also co-found the 'Riot Grrrl' revolution. These were bands with so much to say, and also, they were produced by rocker Joan Jett. Strong, angry, decisive, and thematic with a commanding presence, the Riot Grrrl's movement took the Punk scene with its own fury. Kathleen had made some very influential friends in Kurt Cobain and also the band 'Sonic Youth', among many others during her time in both ventures.

Before 'Bikini Kill' eventually broke up, Kathleen helped to make fanzines which explained their reasoning for feelings that they each had. This was done to go into 'Riot Grrrl' with a "Manifesto", which they named it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mcbeth007 on April 6, 2014
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A great music doc of strong women trying to make change. So much respect for Kathleen Hanna for all that she overcame, stood for and still stands for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stephanie on January 14, 2014
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Any fan of Kathleen Hanna would enjoy this documentary. I can't wait to buy The Julie Ruin CD. I wish the film had gone into depth a little more than it did, but still interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenn Medendorp on December 26, 2013
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I missed the screenings in my area. I was really happy when I saw that it was available to rent here. I feel like my anticipation was justified. Brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MamaCasz on December 16, 2013
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This is full of good history for those just discovering the riot grrl movement or Hanna, sprinkled with punk poetry. There's also some romance and inspiration thrown in for good measure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By drbaker on December 16, 2013
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Fascinating and inspirational. I thought the narratvie could have been a little tighter, but overall a really great movie about Kathleen Hanna, her views, and the 3rd wave of feminism.
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