The Punk Singer

Rated NR 80 minutes 2013

It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to Bikini Kill or Le Tigre. Director Sini Anderson’s documentary takes a look at the career of Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of both those bands (and also the currently formed the Julie Ruin), and her gloriously feminist roots. There’s a lot I didn’t know about Hanna. She’s married to Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys (who features prominently in the film), she had to go on a performing hiatus in 2008 due to a Lyme disease diagnosis, and she’s far more charming and introspective than her Bikini Kill vocals imply. Through interviews with Hanna, Horovitz, Joan Jett and past and current band associates, Anderson gives Hanna the sort of spotlight she truly deserves. I love movies like this, films that reintroduce you to great personalities and great music. After watching this (or perhaps before), check out Hanna’s latest album with, the Julie Ruin called Run Fast. It features some of her best work yet.

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Director: Sini Anderson

Producer: Sini Anderson, Gwen Bialic, Tamra Davis, Alan Oxman, Rachel Dengiz and Erin Owens

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