Nina Hagen
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Nina Hagen
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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'We Have All Eternity To Be Skeletal'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Mireille Suzanne Francette Porte has been making a name for herself in the art world since she became ORLAN in the early 1970s. The French performance artist and feminist icon is best known for transforming herself into a living work of art through plastic surgery. While Botox, facelifts and other techniques are routinely used to bring subjects closer to the established ideals of beauty, ORLAN uses these tools to question beauty norms. In the 1990s, ORLAN had her forehead altered to mirror the protruding brow of Leonardo's "Mona Lisa," and her chin made to resemble Botticelli's "Venus." She used the materials normally reserved for cheek implants and had them placed on her forehead, creating horn-like protrusions. "If you were to describe me without anyone being able to see me, they would think I am a monster, that I am not fuckable," ORLAN told the Guardian in 2009. "But if they see me, that could perhaps change." We asked ORLAN questions about her ongoing relationship w ...
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Mike Ragogna: A Real "Mensch": A Conversation With Germany's Biggest Pop Star, Herbert Grönemeyer
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Bono & Herbert Grönemeyer / photo by Ali Kepenek MEET HERBERT GRÖNEMEYER Herbert Groenemeyer is Germany's most successful recording artist ever, with album sales of over 18 million. Two of his albums -- Bochum (1984) and Mensch (2002) -- became the biggest German-language sellers in history, although in the United States, he is mainly known for playing Lieutenant Werner in the critically acclaimed film Das Boot, not as a recording artist. That may change with the February 2012 release of his new album I Walk that features his international hit duet with Bono, "Mensch." In support of the new album and to introduce Herbert to U.S. audiences, there will be American performances in New York and Chicago, and a public television special will air in those markets as well during pledge weeks. The first broadcast will air on New York's WLIW on December 3 at 9:30 pm and replay on December 8 at 8:00 pm. It will also be broadcast on Chicago's WTTW on December 9 at 8:00 pm. Addit ...
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Influences: Opera singer Juliana Snapper
LATimes - over 4 years
The avant-garde performer, who'll be part of REDCAT's New Original Works Festival, says she was inspired by Carol Burnett and Nina Hagen, among others. Los Angeles-based Juliana Snapper is an avant-garde opera singer who aims to take apart opera and the tradition of singing. The Drama Review has said that "Snapper sings the voice as limit ... unbearably raw, a flayed shred of human need, desire, pain."
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Utställningen Rock och Joakim Strömholm gästar premiärfesten på Rica Hotel No. 25 - MyNewsdesk (pressmeddelande)
Google News - over 5 years
Joakims kända rockbilder på bland annat Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Nina Hagen, Bob Marley med flera finns att beskåda på hotellet under premiärfesten och en tid framöver. Nya Rica Hotel No. 25 i Göteborg har för avsikt att vara Göteborgs nya mötesplats
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"AVO Session 2011" mit Nina Hagen, Jan Delay und Hurts - Musikmarkt
Google News - over 5 years
Neben Nina Hagen konnte die veranstaltende Session Basel AG auch Künstler und Bands wie Jan Delay , Sophie Hunger und Hurts verpflichten. In entspannter Clubatmosphäre findet jährlich die "AVO Session" statt. Auch 2011 treten wieder namhafte Acts an
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"Idols" Worship - New York Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The reissue has even more photos than the original, and includes more popular musicians, like Nina Hagen and members of the New York Dolls. Everyone looks great. Here are two bonus “What They Were Thinking” photographs for you, featuring the
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Nina Hagen an der AVO Session - Basler Zeitung
Google News - over 5 years
Dieses Jahr spielt unter anderem Nina Hagen auf der Basler Bühne. 1/8 Stephan Eicher: Er eröffnet die diesjährige AVO Session mit... Earth, Wind & Fire / Experience feat. Al McKay / Chic feat Nile Rodgers Toby Keith / Steve Earl & The Dukes feat
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Orlando Xpress first winner for Raise the Bluff - Thoroughbred Times
Google News - over 5 years
Bred in Washington by Nina Hagen and Ron Hagen, the chestnut gelding is one of five winners produced by multiple stakes winner Just Call Me Grace, by Phone Order. Raise the Bluff stands at El Dorado Farms in Enumclaw, Washington
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Dokumentarfilm: Charlotte Roche kann von Nina Hagen noch viel lernen ... - WELT ONLINE
Google News - over 5 years
Sie hat der DDR getrotzt, den Platten-Bossen, den Drogen, der Öffentlichkeit: Nina Hagen. Eine Arte-Dokumentation porträtiert die Frau, die Roche brav aussehen lässt. Roche, Roche, alle reden von Charlotte Roche, von den „Schoßgebeten“,
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Nina Hagen: Streitet mit ihrer Mutter über Gott - BUNTE.de
Google News - over 5 years
Weil ihre Meinungen in Sachen ewiges Leben und Gott auseinandergehen, lieferten sich Nina Hagen und ihre Mutter Eva-Maria bei einer Filmpremiere in Berlin einen bizarren Streit. In der Familie Hagen geht es manchmal hoch her – das durften jetzt alle
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Noah's Ark has docked in Cologne - Deutsche Welle
Google News - over 5 years
Having opened in Cologne in July with the help of German singer Nina Hagen, the show has already seen a wide range of visitors. Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, as well as Christians have made their way on board since then
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Indie talk: The Areola Treat - Times of Malta
Google News - over 5 years
If ever I had the honour, Nina Hagen. Her voice box is most unbelievably breathtaking. She's utterly insane and has a German Frau accent. John Cale and Marianne Faithful are also people I would love to watch at work. I sometimes compose on piano or
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Lollipop Monster - Variety
Google News - over 5 years
Horvath, who looks like a young Nina Hagen, is excellent as the goth girl and artist wannabe who needs to learn to externalize her anger, while Haase is equally good, the two working as a yin-and-yang duo. Bit players are all solid, with Wodianka a
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July 18-24 in Baltimore nightlife: Wiz Khalifa, Gang Gang Dance, Heavy Seas ... - Baltimore Sun (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
On Saturday alone, Cass McCombs gave a beautiful show at Golden West Cafe; Scottie B. killed at Metro Gallery, right after all the Artscape madness had ended; there was DYAO at Dionysus, and a tribute to Nina Hagen on the Charles St. bridge
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Artscape will party like it's 1982 - Baltimore Sun
Google News - over 5 years
In addition to the installations, the 1982 bridge will feature an exhibit of vintage concert fliers and a stage where people can hear punk and New Wave bands, see an original ballet inspired by punk musician Nina Hagen and perform 1980s songs with a
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Lady Gaga, Katy Perry And The Case Of Pop-Star Alter Egos - MTV.com
Google News - over 5 years
And even if she is copying somebody---and shes NOT---shes doing it way better becuz Gaga is a household name while Nina Hagen? WHO THE HECK IS THAT??? why did yu bring up britney she has nothing to do with anything...so stupid
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July 12 - July 17 in Baltimore nightlife: Soundgarden, Miranda Lambert, Artscape - Baltimore Sun (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
But that same night, there's also lots of other Artscape events that aren't concerts - like the Nina Hagen ballet tribute at the 1982 stage. And, unrelated to Artscape, there's a Cass McCombs show at Golden West Cafe. Elsewhere this week: Soundgarden,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nina Hagen
    FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 54
    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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  • 2009
    Age 53
    In August 2009 she was baptized in the Protestant Reformed church of Schüttorf.
    More Details Hide Details On October 21 after seven years passed she visited Moscow again.
  • 2006
    Age 50
    In 2006 she was a part of the Popstars team.
    More Details Hide Details She is a vegetarian.
  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 49
    In 2005 Nina Hagen headlined the Drop Dead Festival in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Hagen has been an active protester against the war in Iraq.
  • 2002
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hagen dubbed the voice of Sally in the German release of Tim Burton's The Nightmare before Christmas, and she has also done voice work on the movie Hot Dogs by Michael Schoemann. Due to the death of Elisabeth Volkmann (†2006), the German voice of Marge, during the dubbing of the hit TV show "The Simpsons" 17th season, Nina was a strong contender for the role, which eventually went to Anke Engelke. Hagen has been featured on songs by other bands, for instance on Oomph! 's song "Fieber". She did a cover of Rammstein's "Seemann" with Apocalyptica. Later albums include Big Band Explosion (2003), in which she sang numerous swing covers with her then husband, Danish singer and performer, Lucas Alexander. This was followed by Heiß, a greatest hits album. The following album, Journey to the Snow Queen, is more of an audio book — she reads the Snow Queen fairy tale with Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker in the background.
  • 2001
    Age 45
    In 2001 she collaborated with Rosenstolz and Marc Almond on the single "Total eclipse"/"Die schwarze Witwe" that reached No. 22 in Germany.
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  • 2000
    Age 44
    In 2000, her song "Schön ist die Welt" became the official song of Expo 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Another cover of a Zarah Leander song "Der Wind hat mir ein Lied erzählt" was a minor hit the same year. The album Return of the Mother was released in February 2001, accompanied by another German tour. Hagen, a supporter of HIV/AIDS denialism, wrote the song "Handgrenade" on the album Return of the Mother for Christine Maggiore.
  • 1999
    Age 43
    In 1999, she played the role of Celia Peachum in The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, alongside Max Raabe.
    More Details Hide Details She also regularly performs songs by Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler and Paul Dessau set to Brecht's texts.
  • 1998
    Age 42
    Also in 1998, she recorded the official club anthem (Eisern Union!) for FC Union Berlin and four versions were issued on a CD single by G.I.B Music and Distribution GmbH.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, she released the devotional album Om Namah Shivay, which was distributed exclusively online and included an unadulterated musical version of the Hare Krishna mantra (in real life she believes that the Hindu incarnation of God known as Krishna was 'the king of Jerusalem'. Krishna is sometimes referred to as "Christ"). She also provided vocals to "Witness" and "Bereit" on KMFDM's Adios.
  • 1997
    Age 41
    In 1997 she collaborated with German hip hop musician Thomas D.
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  • 1996
    Age 40
    In May 1996, she married David Lynn, who is fifteen years younger, but divorced him in the beginning of 2000.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 39
    Also, her voice was heard on the Freaky Fukin Weirdoz single "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick". 1995 brought the German-language album Freud Euch appeared, recorded in English as BeeHappy in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Nina returned to San Francisco to star in another San Francisco Goethe Institut show, "Hannusen, Hitler's Jewish Clarvoyant". Hagen also collaborated with electronic music composer Christopher Franke, along with Rick Palombi (credited as Rick Jude) on "Alchemy of Love", the theme song for the film Tenchi Muyo! in Love.
  • 1994
    Age 38
    In 1994, Hagen starred in the acclaimed San Francisco Goethe Institut's The Seven Addictions and Five Professions of Anita Berber, playing the singer version of "Anita" alongside dancer Jennifer Pieren who portrayed the other "professions" of "Anita".
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  • 1992
    Age 36
    In 1992 Hagen became the host of a TV show on RTLplus.
    More Details Hide Details Also in the same year (1992) she collaborated with Adamski on the European smash and minor UK hit single "Get Your Body". The following year, she released Revolution Ballroom.
  • 1991
    Age 35
    In 1991 she toured Europe in support of her new album Street.
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  • 1989
    Age 33
    In 1989 she had a relationship with Frank Chevallier from France, with whom she has a son, Otis Chevallier-Hagen (b. 1990).
    More Details Hide Details In the 1990s, Hagen lived in Paris with her daughter Cosma Shiva and son Otis.
    In 1989, Hagen released the album, Nina Hagen, which was backed up by another German tour.
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  • 1986
    Age 30
    At the end of 1986, her contract with CBS was over and she released the Punk Wedding EP independently in 1987, a celebration of her marriage to a 17-year-old punk nicknamed 'Iroquois'. It followed an independent 1986 one-off single with Lene Lovich, "Don't Kill the Animals" (see Animal Liberation).
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details To this day Brazilians remember Nina above all things as the Berlin Girl from Tokyo's song. Wilfried Rimensberger and award-winning film director Lothar Spree produced a TV documentary for German Television ZDF. This was followed by a launch of Nina's UFO fashion underwear at anti-SAFT in Zurich, where again Rimensberger joined her up with New Romantic icon Steve Strange performing on stage. Simultaneously fashion photographer Hannes Schmid produced a Nina Hagen cover for German Cosmopolitan magazine. This also coincided with leading music publications like BRAVO and MusicSzene running cover stories that all put Hagen back on the forefront of something that in retrospective became a final highpoint of what the punk movement was all about.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1985
    Age 29
    She performed songs from this album during the 1985 version of Rock in Rio.
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    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1983
    Age 27
    In 1983, she released the album Angstlos and a minor European tour.
    More Details Hide Details By this time, Hagen's public appearances were becoming stranger and frequently included discussions of God, UFOs, her social and political beliefs, animal rights and vivisection, and claims of alien sightings. The English version of Angstlos, Fearless, generated two major club hits in America, "Zarah" (a cover of the Zarah Leander (No. 45 USA) song "Ich weiss, es wird einmal ein Wunder geschehen") and the disco/punk/opera song, "New York New York" (No. 9 USA).
  • 1982
    Age 26
    In 1982, Hagen released her first English-language album: NunSexMonkRock, a dissonant mix of punk, funk, reggae, and opera.
    More Details Hide Details She then went on a world tour with the No Problem Orchestra.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She followed it with two more albums: Fearless (1983) and Nina Hagen in Ekstasy (1985), before her contract with CBS expired and was not renewed. In 1989, she was offered a record deal from Mercury Records. She released three albums on the label: Nina Hagen (1989), Street (1991), and Revolution Ballroom (1993). However, none of the albums achieved notable commercial success. Hagen made her musical comeback with the release of her album Return of the Mother (2000). Besides her musical career, Hagen is also a voice-over actress. She wrote three autobiographies: Ich bin ein Berliner (1988), Nina Hagen: That's Why the Lady Is a Punk (2003), and Bekenntnisse (2010). She is also noted for her human and animal rights activism. Nina Hagen was born in the former East Berlin, East Germany, the daughter of Hans Hagen (also known as Hans Oliva-Hagen), a scriptwriter, and Eva-Maria Hagen (née Buchholz), an actress and singer. Her paternal grandfather died in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp (her father was Jewish). Her parents divorced when she was two years old, and growing up, she saw her father infrequently. At age four, she began to study ballet, and was considered an opera prodigy by the time she was nine.
  • 1981
    Age 25
    Her daughter, Cosma Shiva Hagen, was born in Santa Monica on 17 May 1981.
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  • 1980
    Age 24
    In late 1980, Hagen discovered she was pregnant, broke up with the father-to-be Ferdinand Karmelk, and moved to Los Angeles.
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    A European tour with a new band in 1980 was cancelled, and Hagen turned to the United States.
    More Details Hide Details A limited-edition 10-inch EP was released on vinyl that summer in the U.S. Two songs from her first album Nina Hagen Band were on the A side, and two songs from her second album Unbehagen were on the B-side. All four songs were sung in German, although two had English titles and the other two were covers of English-language songs with new German lyrics.
  • 1979
    Age 23
    She also acted with Dutch rocker Herman Brood and singer Lene Lovich in the 1979 film Cha Cha.
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    Meanwhile, Hagen's public persona was steadily creating media uproar. She became infamous for an appearance on an Austrian evening talk show called Club 2, on 9 August 1979, on the topic of youth culture, when she demonstrated (while clothed, but explicitly) various female masturbation positions and became embroiled in a heated argument with another panelist.
    More Details Hide Details The talk show host had to step down following this controversy.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This LP, Unbehagen (which in German also means "discomfort" or "unease"), was eventually produced with the band recording their tracks in Berlin and Hagen recording the vocals in Los Angeles. It included the single "African Reggae" and "Wir Leben Immer... Noch", a German language cover of Lene Lovich's "Lucky Number". The other band members sans Hagen, soon developed a successful independent musical career as Spliff.
  • 1978
    Age 22
    In 1978 they released their self-titled debut album, Nina Hagen Band, which included the single "TV-Glotzer" (a cover of "White Punks on Dope" by The Tubes, though with entirely different German lyrics), and "Auf'm Bahnhof Zoo", about West Berlin's then-notorious Berlin Zoologischer Garten station.
    More Details Hide Details The album also included a version of "Rangehn" ("Go for It"), a song she had previously recorded in East Germany, but with different music.
    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.
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  • 1977
    Age 21
    Back in Germany by mid-1977, Hagen formed the Nina Hagen Band in West Berlin's Kreuzberg district.
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  • 1976
    Age 20
    Her musical career in the GDR was cut short, however, when she and her mother left the country in 1976, following the expulsion of her stepfather.
    More Details Hide Details The circumstances surrounding the family's emigration were exceptional: Biermann was granted permission to perform a televised concert in Cologne, but denied permission to re-cross the border to his adopted home country. Hagen submitted an application to leave the country. In it, she claimed to be Biermann's biological daughter, and threatened to become the next Wolf Biermann if not allowed to rejoin her father. Just four days later her request was granted, and she settled in Hamburg, where she was signed to a CBS-affiliated record label. Her label advised her to acclimatise herself to Western culture through travel, and she arrived in London during the height of the punk rock movement. Hagen was quickly taken up by a circle that included The Slits and Sex Pistols.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1974
    Age 18
    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 16
    From 1972 to 1973, Hagen enrolled in the crash-course performance program at The Central Studio for Light Music in East Berlin.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on March 11, 1955.
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