Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk

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Ecco Press
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Kathleen Hanna is a legendary punk singer, artist, and the frontwoman of the seminal punk bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. Hanna is the subject of the award-winning documentary The Punk Singer and a staple in feminist publications, from college curriculums to bestselling books. She is a founding member of the Riot Grrrl movement, an outspoken women's rights activist, and has been named one of the best live performers of our time.


"Hanna's book is raw, honest, poetic, insightful, and often funny. Her political evolution is particularly gratifying...An impressively perspicacious memoir from one of feminism's most influential artists." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A fantastic journey into an unconventional life, pulsing with raw energy and vulnerability that I witnessed firsthand. It's honest, funny, witty, and smart. And most of all, it's important to the herstory of Kathleen's place in blazing new trails." -- Joan Jett

"Until I started reading this book, the idea of Kathleen Hanna seemed more real to me than the person. But with every word, Kathleen exposes the fleshy humanness of being a cult icon on a mission. While Rebel Girl is as defiant as the song that inspired its title, there's a counterweight of humility and openness that adds new perspective to the songs and stories of Kathleen's life. This book is something special." -- Hayley Williams

"A no-holds-barred account...Hanna's visceral prose captivates, and she's refreshingly candid about the riot grrrl movement's failures...It's a raw and revealing portrait of a vital figure in the feminist punk scene." -- Publishers Weekly

"Hanna holds nothing back in a debut that traces her chaotic childhood through to founding the riot grrrl punk feminist movement and her time in such bands as Viva Knievel and Le Tigre. Visceral prose is undergirded by clear-eyed insight into the flaws of early punk feminist activism--including its overwhelming whiteness--making this a memoir with depth and edge to spare." -- One of Publishers Weekly's Top 15 Summer Reads

"Hanna delivers a searing memoir in which the pioneering punk icon recalls her journey through music and activism...She makes the case for hope and resilience in the face of hardship--illustrated by...the lasting positive impact of her work." -- W Magazine, "The Best, Most Talked-About Books of 2024 (So Far)"

"A timely refresher on resilience, the power of protest art and the tender humanity that we must not lose. . . Like a comic book hero, Hanna has seemed to gather superhuman strength with every blow she receives. . . all while churning out ever more powerful and furious music. Rebel Girl unapologetically reveals the vul-nerability behind that image. . . [Hanna] reflects on her own failures and culpability, acknowledging them in a way that is refresh-ing and constructive. . . . Hanna intentionally busts open her feminist idol identity, liberating her-self from our perceptions and serving some hard-won wisdom." -- BookPage (starred review)

"Gripping." -- NYLON, selected for "The It Girl's Summer Reading List"

"A raucous, rousing tale about the power of music and activism...Hanna's story is a full-bodied portrait of a fighter and activist who has used music as a way to tackle adversity...A vivid, funny, and powerful memoir." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"Hanna offers short vignettes [that]...capture the life of a young woman trying to navigate a sexist culture while simultaneously finding her creative voice. There is an equal sense that Rebel Girl was written as a sort of road map for a new generation to pick up their own instruments and rock the world." -- Vogue, "The Best Books of 2024 So Far"