- Pivotal figure of “Riot Grrrl,” a feminist movement that took place within the underground music scene that flourished alongside ‘Grunge’ in the ’90s
- Legendary punk singer, artist, and the frontwoman of the seminal punk bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre
- Featured in the performance-based documentary Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre On Tour
- Hanna is the subject of the award-winning documentary The Punk Singer and a staple in feminist publications, from college curriculums to bestselling books.
Kathleen Hanna has announced her new book Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk due out May 14, 2024 with Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. The raw and insightful new memoir traces Hanna’s life from her tumultuous childhood home to her formative college years in Olympia, Washington, and on to her first years on tour, fighting hard for gigs and for her band. Hanna makes clear that surviving as a singer who was a lightning rod for controversy took limitless amounts of determination as she and her bandmates faced male violence and antagonism at every turn. In an uncut voice all her own, Hanna reveals the hardest times along with the most joyful—and how it continues to fuel her revolutionary art and music.
Lifelong connections with bandmates, including Tobi Vail, Kathi Wilcox, and Johanna Fateman; her friendships with Kurt Cobain and Ian MacKaye; and her introduction to Joan Jett were all a testament to how the punk world could nurture and care for its own. Hanna opens up about falling in love with Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, her debilitating battle with Lyme disease, and she brings us behind the scenes of her musical growth in her bands, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin. She also writes candidly about the Riot Grrrl movement, documenting with love its grassroots origins but critiquing its later exclusivity
Hanna is one of the great frontpeople of all time.
We had a full house for Kathleen's talk and the audience was simultaneously inspired and blown away! Being able to bring her to campus (finally!) was a real plum for BCC. Thousands of thanks to you (and Kathleen, of course) for making this happen for us. It was so lovely to meet her and you were right on - We loved her!
… smart, funny, and breathlessly honest . . . musician of considerable talent whose first band, Bikini Kill, became the standard bearer of the Riot Grrrl movement in the early '90s.
Kathleen Hanna is a one-woman tornado . . . an army of one.