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The Punk Singer (2013)

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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tammy Rae Carland ...
Kathryn Wilcox ...
Herself (as Kathi Wilcox)
Tobi Vail ...
Billy Karren ...
Himself (archive footage)
Becca Albee ...
Corin Tucker ...
Allison Wolfe ...
Herself (as Allison C. Wolfe)
Ann Powers ...
Herself, music critic
Lynn Breedlove ...
Herself (as Lynnee Breedlove)
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Herself, author of 'Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution'
Jennifer Baumgardner ...


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.

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White Boy
Written by Kathleen Hanna, Billy Karren, Tobi Vail, Kathryn Wilcox (as Kathi Wilcox)
Performed by Bikini Kill
Courtesy of Bikini Kill Records
From the album "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah"
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The Punk Singer

The key to empowering women is to tell'em men are into empowered woman.

Or, you could do as this documentary denotes and front a punk band.

From her humble beginnings as a spoken-word poet, Kathleen Hanna has confronted audiences with feminist issues.

However, it wasn't until she learned that she could reach a wider audience through music that Hanna's unique voice was finally heard.

Through her bands Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, The Julie Ruin, and her outspoken contributions to 'zines, Hanna pioneered the Riot Grrl movement.

Entrenched in the '90s music scene, she also influenced Kurt Cobain and Sonic Youth.

But in 2005 her successful singing career ended under a cloud of secrecy.

Insightful and engaging, The Punk Singer is a rousing portrait of an activist and artist few know, but many should respect.

Furthermore, feminism and punk rock have a lot in common: piercings, hair dye and no mainstream acceptance.

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