Nina Hagen

Born Mar 11, 1955

Catharina "Nina" Hagen is a German singer and actress. She has performed throughout the world, and has been doing so for over 40 years.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Nina Hagen.


1955 Birth Born on March 11, 1955.


1972 17 Years Old From 1972 to 1973, Hagen enrolled in the crash-course performance program at The Central Studio for Light Music in East Berlin. … Read More
1974 19 Years Old In East Germany, she performed with the band Automobil, becoming one of the country's best-known young stars. Her most famous song from the early part of her career was "Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen" (You forgot the colour film), "a subtle dig mocking the sterile, gray, Communist state," in 1974.


1976 - 1977 2 More Events
1978 23 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Their self-titled debut album was released in 1978 to a critical acclaim and was a commercial success selling over 250,000 copies. The band released one more album Unbehagen before their break-up in 1979.
The debut album gained significant attention throughout Germany and abroad, both for its hard rock sound and for Hagen's theatrical vocals, far different from the straightforward singing of her East German recordings. However, relations between Hagen and the other band members deteriorated over the course of the subsequent European tour, and Hagen decided to leave the band in 1979, though she was still under contract to produce a second album. … Read More
1980 25 Years Old 1 More Event
A European tour with a new band in 1980 was cancelled, and Hagen turned to the United States. … Read More
1981 26 Years Old Her daughter, Cosma Shiva Hagen, was born in Santa Monica on 17 May 1981.
1982 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1982, Hagen signed a new contract with CBS and released her debut solo album NunSexMonkRock, which became her first record to chart in the United States. … Read More
1983 28 Years Old In 1983, she released the album Angstlos and a minor European tour. … Read More
1984 29 Years Old During 1984 Hagen spent a lot of time in London and UK based MusicSzene magazine chief-editor Wilfried Rimensberger, in conjunction with Spree Film, produced a first TV feature on her and what was remaining from London's 70 Punk movement induced by artist and model Frankie Stein.


1985 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Her 1985 album In Ekstase fared less well, but did generate club hits with "Universal Radio" (No. 39 USA) and a cover of "Spirit in the Sky" and also featured a 1979 recording of her hardcore punk take on Paul Anka's "My Way", which had been one of her signature live tunes in previous years.
1986 31 Years Old 1 More Event
While in Brazil she met and befriended Brazilian musicians as diverse as samba diva Beth Carvalho and Brazilian punk singer Supla, that invited her to contribute vocals to the hit 1986 song "Garota de Berlin" (Portuguese for "girl from Berlin") that received huge airplay in radio in Brazil. … Read More
1989 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1989, Hagen released the album, Nina Hagen, which was backed up by another German tour.


1995 - 1997 3 More Events
1998 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1998, Hagen became the host of a weekly science fiction show on the British Sci-Fi Channel, in addition to embarking on another tour of Germany. … Read More
1999 - 2000 2 More Events
2001 46 Years Old In 2001 she collaborated with Rosenstolz and Marc Almond on the single "Total eclipse"/"Die schwarze Witwe" that reached No. 22 in Germany.
2002 47 Years Old On 14 October 2002 Nina hit Moscow by coming there with her concert, while interviews with the eccentric singer were aired on many TV-channels. … Read More


2005 50 Years Old In 2005 Nina Hagen headlined the Drop Dead Festival in New York City. … Read More
2006 51 Years Old In 2006 she was a part of the Popstars team. … Read More
2009 54 Years Old In August 2009 she was baptized in the Protestant Reformed church of Schüttorf. … Read More
2010 55 Years Old After a four-year lapse her next album, Personal Jesus, was released July 16, 2010, followed by Volksbeat, released November 11, 2011.
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