Kathleen Hanna (born November 12, 1968) is an American musician, feminist activist, and punk zine writer. In the early- to mid-1990s she was the lead singer of Bikini Kill, before fronting Le Tigre in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 1998, Hanna released a solo album under the name Julie Ruin and since 2010 has been working on a project called The Julie Ruin.
Kathleen Hanna - Live footage from the '94 UK video zine documentary "Getting Close To Nothing."
Bikini Kill- "Suck My Left One" & "Rebel Girl" (1992)04 April 1992 @ Sanctuary Theatre in Washington D.C.Clips of Le Tigre playing "Deceptacon" from WHO TOOK THE BOMP? (2004-2005)
LE TIGRE ON TOUR, directed by Kerthy Fix.NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AND DIGITAL -http://ow.ly/eG476
Hanna envisioned Le Tigre to be a feminist *NSync, as a band with costumes and dance moves and a stage show — all things that she had once thought to be inappropriate for/unaccessable to feminist musicians. (via "Herstory Repeats).
The Julie Ruin- "Oh Come On" official music video from the debut album RUN FAST (2013)
For more info, visit http://thejulieruin.com
Bikini Kill "Sugar" & "New Radio" @ The Macondo. Los Angles, Ca 4/25/93 In this powerful clip Kathleen often performed with little clothes on due to stage heat and fuck you. and in the song she is singing lyrics go here- then a boy taking a picture of her ass over and over again.
The Julie Ruin talk Bikini Kill, riot grrl, and feminism, plus perform "Apt. #5". (Pitchfork TV Aug.2013)
About 'Hot Topic' "There's endless talk about the major generational schism between old-school lesbian-feminists and today's young women, many of whom embrace all feminist values but reject the word "feminist." This is a song that bridges the gap completely, honoring the contributions of an amazingly diverse slate of people who've come before, calling to younger women to learn about these pioneers who could be/SHOULD be inspirational role models... and all with an irresistible musical hook. Kudos to Le Tigre! via Toni Armstrong Jr. former editor of HOT WIRE: The Journal of Women's Music and Culture
Kathleen Hanna talks at the 2011 Planned Parenthood Stand Up For Women's Health Rally.
Bikini Kill- "Alien She" Live NYC 1993
"I had a song called 'Alien She' and it was about me before I was a feminist, singing to me after i was a feminist.. getting in an argument and trying to figure out how those two kinds of personalities..the one who wants to go to the mall, live with this other person"
~Kathleen Hanna, "Herstory Repeats" lectureKathleen Hanna in clip from the documentary "Radical Act"in the summer of 1995, filmmaker Tex Clark traveled around the country to interview female musicians, journalists and historians about how their sexual and gender identity impacted their lives and informed their work. RADICAL ACT captures a moment in indie rock history and speaks to the universal experience of finding your voice in an indifferent and occasionally hostile world.Radical Act features Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre), Toshi Reagon, Gretchen Phillips, Melissa York (Team Dresch), Kim Coletta (Jawbox, co-founder of DeSoto Records) and more.Watch the full film here: http://buskfilms.com/films/radical-act/
Kathleen Hanna- "Lets Run" (Just Beats) Video Art
A video by Kathleen Hanna was projected behind the band when they played Let's Run live
Le Tigre - "My Art" and "The Empty" - Live in Grand Hall at Rice University (Houston 3/1/02)
"Herstory Repeats:" Kathleen Hanna Lecture at Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA March 30, 2011
She also talks about using Le Tigre as a means of navigating the conversations around authenticity/fakery that surround female musicians, whether or not they’re associated with feminist politics.
GRITtv- Kathleen Hanna clip: Hope for the Future
Kathleen Hanna talks about what gives her hope for women, high school kids, activists, gay, lesbian and transgender people, and the music scene.