the punk singer documentary


Kathleen Hanna’s spoken word, “The Middle Of The Night In My House”

This was featured in the Riot Grrrl documentary “The Punk Singer”, but this is the full version, which I really recommend watching… so many chills.

What a fucking powerful woman.


So this is another expansion of the basic mission of this bloggy-thingy.  This is, clearly, Bikini Kill playing live during the fall of 1992 at a radio station in Cincinnati, OH. I was on tour with, not in,  a band from Dallas and we were a week late in arriving at Cincinnati and ended up playing a show with Bikini Kill.  It was a fortuitous foul-up.  Bikini Kill were very nice, cool people and really down to Earth.  I had not heard them before we meet them but had read a lot about them.  While simplistic, their music was passionate, moving, and effective for communicating their message.  We ended up being one day ahead of them in the bay area a few weeks later.  I went to their show at Gilman St.and they were really cool again.  After their set they chit chatted with me and gave me a copy of the new 12″ despite the people thronging them.  I will post some pictures of the Gilman show later.  

Nerd facts: These pictures are from a set I took and was subsequently used in the documentary about Kathleen Hannah that came out a few years back entitled, The Punk Singer.  Also at the Cincinnati show was a lady roadieing for Bikini Kill whose legs had an L7 tattoo made famous in the Pretend We’re Dead video.

anonymous asked:

Hi! Who's the girl in a Black Flag top in your background picture? She looks awesome and I wanna know if she's a real person and find her band

Hi there! That is Kathleen Hanna, singer from Bikini Kill / Le Tigre / The Julie Ruin, and co-founder of the Riot Grrrl movement.

The documentary on her is a feminist / punk MUST WATCH. 

“The Punk Singer is a 2013 documentary film about feminist singer Kathleen Hanna who fronted the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, and who was a central figure in the riot grrrl movement. Directed by filmmaker Sini Anderson and produced by Anderson and Tamra Davis, the film’s title is taken from the Julie Ruin song “The Punk Singer”, from Hanna’s 1998 solo effort.”  (x)

Here are all my Kathleen Hanna posts:

Here’s one of my favorite songs of Hanna’s / Le Tigre’s: FYR  (lyrics TW for gender violence, abuse)

Ten short years of progressive change
Fifty fucking years of calling us names
Can we trade Title IX for an end to hate crime?
RU-486 if we suck your fucking dick?
One step forward, five steps back
One cool record in the year of rock-rap
Yeah we’ve got all the power getting stabbed in the shower
And we’ve got equal rights (on ladies’ night)

Feminists we’re calling you
Please report to the front desk
Let’s name this phenomenon
It’s too dumb to bring us down

F.Y.R. Fifty years of ridicule
F.Y.R. Take another picture
F.Y.R. Fifty years of ridicule
F.Y.R. Take another picture

I wonder whether we could be happy in a place like that

Mrs. Doubtfire on Mother’s Day
On-the-job stalker for equal pay
Toss us a few new AIDS drugs as national healthcare bites the dust
While you were on vacation black people didn’t get reparations
You know these days no one’s exploited
Sorry dude can’t hear you with my head in the toilet

Feminists we’re calling you
Please report to the front desk
Let’s name this phenomenon
It’s too dumb to bring us down

You’ve really come a long way, baby
It’s you, not the world, that’s totally crazy
Cause we really rocked the fucking vote with election fraud in poor zip codes
Celebrate gay marriage in Vermont by enforcing those old sodomy laws
One step forward, five steps back
We tell the truth, they turn up the laugh track

Feminists we’re calling you
Please report to the front desk
Let’s name this phenomenon
It’s too dumb to bring us down


Netflix documentaries to watch: The Punk Singer (2013)

The Punk Singer (2013) is probably one of the most empowering documentaries out there. It follows the career of Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna (lead singer of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and The Julie Ruin) and depicts her struggle with late stage lime disease. The documentary shows how Hanna’s work in Bikini Kill helped changed the entire 90′s punk scene by demanding “girls to the front, boys to the back" in a scene that was and is largely dominated by men. On top of that, this documentary explains the importance of the Riot Grrrl movement by showing how it helped young women feel as if they had a voice in society and were capable stand up for their rights. Watching it really helps one feel empowered and ready to smash the patriarchy. Luckily this excellent documentary can by found on Netflix! So if you want to want to watch a great documentary on feminism and punk music you should totally check it out.

Stills taken from The Punk Singer 

anonymous asked:

Courtney is literally so dumb and hypocritical with that "do african americans even listen to rock and roll? that'd be like me liking lil wayne" lmfao u dumb bitch black people invented rock and roll

Yep. Rock belongs to black people and always has. It’s just that unfortunately after years of it being stolen and appropriated and ‘repackaged as white’ caused white people in different niches to project themselves through it and re-adopt it as theirs and it started to be seen as a ‘whites only’ thing by white racists and bigots. Kathleen Hanna in her Punk Singer documentary touched on this a bit with how white Riot Grrrls didn’t like POC being included in the 90s, but there’s a disgusting amount racism in Rock in general. A lot of old rock heads and musicians are ridiculously racist and don’t want to admit that that genre should not be represented by them opposed to black people and it comes out in interviews all the time. The bigotry is there. I can talk about this for ages but you can read more about it here (x) and here (x) for any lurkers out there. Other genres like House music were stolen from them too (x). 

What’s great about Kurt is that he was VERY aware of this and was a complete fucking ally about it. White people have always been really cagey about inclusivity in alt counter culture .. even though it doesn’t belong to them. Not everyone in rock is racist and that’s not my accusation. It’s just the niche ITSELF is and it’s ironically white-gate-keeped and that gatekeeping has roots in white supremacy. And Courtney, being a white supremacist (x), is obviously going to make statements like that. Even though she was never interested in rock…in general (which you can find in our top topics section), but the sentiment reflects a lot of crap people have about black people and POC trying to navigate the genre. 

People called rock & roll ‘African music.’ They called it ‘voodoo music.’ They said that it would drive the kids insane. They said that it was just a flash in the pan - the same thing that they always used to say about hip-hop. Only it was worse back then, because, you have to remember, I was the first black artist whose records the white kids were starting to buy. And the parents were really bitter about me. We played places where they told us not to come back, because the kids got so wild. They were tearing up the streets and throwing bottles and jumping off the theater balconies at shows. At that time, the white kids had to be up in the balcony — they were “white spectators.” But then they’d leap over the balcony to get downstairs where the black kids were.

Little Richard (x) (x) - some of it cut but the publication credit is there

“There’s a certain assumption that when a man tells the truth it’s the truth,” she says. “But when I go before the jury to tell the truth, I have to negotiate how I’m going to be perceived. There’s a suspicion around a woman’s truth.”

“My story,” says Hanna in one of the last scenes of the film, “it’s so big, it sounded like too big a can of worms, and I was like, who would believe me? But then I realized, other women would believe me.”


Kathleen Hanna, in the documentary The Punk Singer

“T​he who and how has changed, but it does feel different. A year ago, I was doing interviews for an Irish gig, and this girl asked me if I was a feminist and I said "Oh, I don’t know too much about feminism.” Then I saw [Kathleen Hanna documentary] The Punk Singer, and after I saw that I thought, “I have to call myself a feminist, just to make it completely obvious."During Riot Grrrl I felt so far apart from that. I didn’t understand it, actually. Here’s what I realized: They had a room full of girls. And I was never in a room full of girls. I didn’t know girls that would do anything like this. That’s not how I was raised. I was a little too old. They were young enough that they had girls that wanted to come to the front, that wanted to play. I never had that. Which is a really cool thing they had. I didn’t realize that’s what it was about. You get a room full of girls and then you have to do something.” – Kim Deal.

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heroicallyvillainous-deactivate  asked:

Any suggestions for feminist movies?

It’s a documentary but I’ve been recommending “The Punk Singer“ to anyone within earshot. Kathleen Hanna is one of the most inspiring feminists alive, and this isn’t an academic documentary, the interviews are with punks, feminists, and The Beastie Boys. It’s a lot of fun although it’s a little sad in parts when they cover what she went through with Lyme’s Disease, causing her to have to stop performing for years. She’s back now though with The Julie Ruin so there is a happy ending.

Check this out:

“Welcome to A Mighty Girl’s picks of the best girl-empowering movies and TV programming! To view only movie or television selections, please use the “media type” filter on the left menu bar.”

Update: the link I shared above from A Mighty Girl is really “feminist / girl-empowering movies for kids and teens.”  Which makes sense, that’s their focus! But what about adults?

If you want to see feminist movies that are recommended by the movie-going community, check out these IMDB lists. All the movies in each list show their IMDB average rating (8/10, 9/10 etc.) and link to their reviews.