I remember when I heard for the very first time Bikini Kill's Pussy Whipped in my teenage years: BOOOOOOOOOM.
My skills in English were worse than now, still, what I was able to catch here and there from Kathleen's lyrics was not less totally fueled by their abrasive punk sound and - be sure - by her one-of-a-kind voice.. me and my sister were blown away by this record, and when I discovered Bikini Kill was also fanzine.. you know. If I'm not wrong, it happened we rent in a record shop Babies in Toyland's Fontanelle and this BK's Pussy Whipped. That blast.
Years later, I spent a couple of days around Frumpies when they toured Italy, and it was crazy to have an icecream with them in Rome (Tobi Vail
paid for it! Still thanks!).
Anyway. Only recently I discovered The Punk Singer, a brilliant and poignant documentary about Kathleen Hanna. And even less I knew about her battle with Lyme disease ("About six months into the filming, she was finally diagnosed" - cfr).
Yeah, kryptonite against Superman, as the doctor - irony of fate - says about her condition.
Director Sini Anderson made a great work here indeed. It's not only about the Music. We all know it never was. And it is more of a tour film. But for someone from on the other side of the world in his teens, this overview on third wave feminism, the close-up view on Kathleen's acvitivism, her life in Music and her inner circle of friendships is a total time travelling of what I was missing.
And, what the fuck, "only six weeks after friend Kathleen Hanna's diagnosis of late stage Lyme disease, [..] Anderson had been diagnosed as well with it" [wiki] - There's an interesting interview with her on TruthOut: "[..] by the time we finished the film, we knew 17 other artists with late-stage Lyme disease who all happened to be women". And this also drove her to her film So Sick, which I can't find to understand at what point it is. The dedicated crowd-funding page is lost, I see.
Kathleen Hanna has changed the life of many, mine too. Then..
Watch it on DailyMotion or YT
not yet, probably nobody cares, or nobody cared enough to tell something. Also: nobody reads komakino.
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