TICKETED: Book Soup presents Kathleen Hanna discussing her new memoir Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk

Kathleen Hanna Amy Poehler

NEW EVENT VENUE - This event will now take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre located at 4401 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005.


Rebel Girl is the electric, searing memoir by the original rebel girl and legendary front woman of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre.

Hey girlfriend I got a proposition goes something like this: Dare ya to do what you want

Kathleen Hanna's band Bikini Kill embodied the punk scene of the 90s, and today her personal yet feminist lyrics on anthems like "Rebel Girl" and "Double Dare Ya" are more powerful than ever. But where did this transformative voice come from?

In Rebel Girl, Hanna's raw and insightful new memoir, she takes us from her tumul-tuous childhood to her formative college years and her first shows. As Hanna makes clear, being in a punk "girl band" in those years was not a simple or safe prospect. Male violence and antagonism threatened at every turn, and surviving as a singer who was a lightning rod for controversy took limitless amounts of determination.

But the relationships she developed during those years buoyed her, including with her bandmates Tobi Vail, Kathi Wilcox, JD Samson, and Johanna Fateman. And her friendships with musicians like Kurt Cobain, Ian MacKaye, Kim Gordon, and Joan Jett reminded her that, despite the odds, the punk world could still nurture and care for its own. Hanna opens up about falling in love with Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys and 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 exclusivity.

In an uncut voice all her own, Hanna reveals the hardest times along with the most joyful--and how they continue to fuel her revolutionary art and music. (Ecco Press)


Kathleen Hanna is a punk singer, artist, and the front-woman of the influential bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. Hanna is a staple in feminist publications, from college curriculums to bestselling books, and a leading voice in the punk feminist movement. She has been named one of the best live performers of our time, earning acclaim from Rolling Stone, the New York TimesNPRInterview MagazineV MagazineVogueEntertainment WeeklyBUST MagazineNYLON, and Los Angeles Times, to name a few.


Two ticket options:

Option 1: Ticket + Book, includes one entry and one hardcover copy of Rebel Girl to be handed out at check-in.

Option 2: Ticket only, includes one entry only, no book.


Please note that a book signing will not follow the discussion.


**** $1 of every ticket will be donated to Peace Sisters - an organization near and dear to Kathleen Hanna’s heart.
We encourage you to click the link to find out more information about them - https://www.peacesisters.org/ ****


NEW Event location: Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Tickets purchased for the original First Congregational Church of LA venue will be honored at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

Questions? Please email Book Soup at info@booksoup.com


Event date: 
Monday, May 20, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Wilshire Ebell Theatre
4401 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
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