Kathleen Hanna, the provocative and thoughtful lead singer of bands Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and The Julie Ruin walked away from the music scene in 2005, leaving behind a throng of fans, likeminded feminist and DIY activists that pondered her departure.
What happened to Kathleen Hanna?
‘The Punk Singer’ is a new documentary showing at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, and it argues that an important piece of rock and roll’s early-90s historical puzzle lies in the punk movement’s feminist roots, and its undisputed champion, Kathleen Hanna.
Director Amy Oden’s documentary on women in punk, ‘From the Back of the Room,’ is one of those films that you have to seek out. It’s currently screening in various theaters across the country, and can be purchased on DVD.