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All about the incredible punk diva Nina Hagen.

We tell you about the "mother of German punk" Nina Hagen. Did she really have a vocal range of four octaves, believed in UFOs and did charity work? In this article we will answer these and other questions.

Nina Hagen. - singer's biography, travels, music, theatre, cinema, social activities

Nina Hagen - one of the most controversial punk singers of our time that people either likeor passionately loathe. Actor and musician Tim Holmes в "Rolling Stone." wrote about her:

"Nina Hagen at the same time the most outlandish of rock singers and the most intensive и determined punk diva since the days of the most Patti Smith".

Nina Haggen at one of her concerts.
Nina Hagen at one of her concerts.

On stage as well as in public Hagen has always looked epathetically. When Roman Kozak of "Billboard." travelled to New York to take from her interviewHagen hosted him in her kitchen in dressing gownblack bra and leather capthat hid what was left of her shortened red hair.

Hagen's career has been cycle ups and downs. But eccentric a style that emphasised her belief in her personal freedom, UFO и divinity people haven't changed much even now.

Creative path

Nina Hagen was born in March 1955. Her parents, the screenwriter Hans Hagen and actress Eva-Maria Hagen divorced when the girl was only two years old. Nina lived with mother and was under a strong impactm of her theatre work. At the age of nine, the girl began taking classes vocalslearning to play the guitar и piano. Hagen sang in the theatre choirand then she was a member of a musical group.

Mother was constantly busy with work, so I didn't pay education of the girls' due diligence. As a result, Nina was excluded from the youth organisation and quit school after the tenth grade. As a seventeen-year-old girl, Nina tried to enrol in the Berlin School of Music academy of acting, but failed placement test.

Nina Haggen when she was young.
Nina Hagen when she was young.

Hagen has been studying sound engineering on a year's intensive course at a music studio in Berlin, then she performed with several groups at various jazz events and toured in Germany. Meanwhile, her mother had a new relationship with a prominent singer and songwriter Wolf Biermannand she's with him and her 20-year-old daughter. moved from Berlin to Hamburg.

Biermann helped Hagen in the construction of his musical careers: he organised her imprisonment contracts to record with the television and radio network "CBS.". After studying London's reggae и punk-the performers the girl created "Nina Hagen Band"and in 1977, the band gave three concertall the tickets that were available sold out. Two years later, the collective released its first eponymous . albumwhich included cover versions of songs by The Tubes. "White Punks on Dope" и "Spirit in the Sky" singer Norman Greenbaum. In their arrangements, the band used musical elements reminiscent of the style of the Patti Smith и Blondie.

However, on the way to becoming an international star, Hagen had to dissolve his group. The decision was justified by the fact that in the foreground it wasn't her standing there with marvellous in a voice, а guitarists with her solos. Anyway, she had to finish second album with the group to do commitments to the record company. "Unbehagen."released in 1980was a success all over Europe. Meanwhile. Hagen was not covered in the media as a musician, but as a girl with a scandalous in this way и inadequate behaviour.

A year later, Hagen moved to United Stateswhere she released her first international record. "Nunsexmonkrock."recorded in New York and released in 1982 on the label "Columbia.". Hagen has been touring with her three-person team on the England, Canada и United States in the summer of 1982.

Hagen's next album "Fearless." was an incredible success. Her "New York, New York." entered ten hits dance on the chart. Hagen sounded like a professional vocalist. She travelled the world tour in 1984. A year later, the next album was released, the title song of which is "Prima Nina in Ekstasy." was about the singer's love for herself. It was in it that she called herself the queen of punk rock. This was followed by a succession of speeches. An eyewitness recounted one of them:

"Never. you don't knowwhat to expect from Nina Hagenexcept interesting shows. In addition to that, her speeches there are many spiritual, social and political conversationswoven around the songs. В rock 'n' roll for part of the show, Hagen moved around the stage in an illuminated brawhich looked spectacular, especially when the rest of the stage was in darkness. Sometimes Nina would sing and say in French и in German in addition to English. In addition, Hagen has a dizzying range voice".

Later albums Hagen sold mostly in Germany. Her work has become more concerned political topicsas the singer herself was not indifferent, for example, to the needy from the Africa и homeless animals. "Don't Kill The Animals" was a hit in 1986. "Nina Hagen", a rock 'n' roll orientated record released in 1989.

By name "Gorbachev Rap" of the 1989 album, Nina Hagen expressed her own endorsement of the political reforms that were underway at the time. Soviet Union. In the spring of 1990, Hagen performed at a women's festival in Moscow and went to "Street Party Tour" in European cities. In the summer of 1991, her concert in the city of Halle failedwhen only 1,200 of the 10,000 expected fans showed up.

Nina Haggen in a stage character
Nina Hagen in a stage character

In addition to her solo shows, Hagen starred in the comedy directed by Marianne Rosenbaum "Lilies in the Bank". She also appeared on her own weekly 30-minute talk show on German TV channel "RTLplus.".

In 1998, Nina participated in charitable programme to combat aids in New York City, where she sang her classic "New York, New York." along with several new songs. American writer Evelyn McDonnell of "Village Voice." that's how she assessed Nina's work:

"It's a compound. punk, funk, reggae и rock. Sounds strange, but interesting, unusual. Nina returned We have a future."

I mean, she wrote about how Hagen. looked at the 1998 concert:

"With her long dark hair, she looked like an extraterrestrial devil child".

German film director Peter Sempel he spent two years making a documentary film "Nina Hagen - Punk and Glory."which was presented at the Berlin International film festival in February 1999.

Since 2013, in cooperation with the Berliner Ensemble Theatre, the singer has been organising evenings dedicated to the playwright Bertolt Brecht. Nina's mother and daughter often took part in these events.

Nina Haggen at a photo shoot
Nina Hagen at a photo shoot.

The singer has had several husbands in her life, mostly art related too. At one time, her boyfriend was even Anthony Kiedis from "Red Hot Chili Peppers". Hagen has been celibate since 2009.

Nina still combines active social work and creative life.

Indeed, Hagen could be considered the mother of German punkbecause she reinvigorated the trend life and created a vast body of work that to this day. listen people all over the world. She also has an amazing vocal range in the four octaveswhich allows her to perform songs in a very low register.

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