Johanna Fateman

Johanna Fateman

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Johanna Fateman (born 1974) is a writer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. She is a member of the feminist post-punk rock band Le Tigre and the band and art/performance collective MEN.

Background and career

She grew up in Berkeley, California, where her father, computer scientist Richard Fateman is a professor at UC Berkeley. On the "Herstory" page on the official Le Tigre website, Fateman refers to performance artist Miranda July as being her "best friend from high school"; July is also from Berkeley. At the age of seventeen Fateman moved to Portland, Oregon to attend Reed College, which she later left for art school in New York.

Fateman began her writing career producing zines including My Need To Speak on the Subject of Jackson Pollock; ArtaudMania!!! The Diary of a Fan; The Opposite, Part I; and SNARLA, which she co-wrote with Miranda July. It was through her zines that Fateman first met bandmate Kathleen Hanna. At a performance of Hanna's band Bikini Kill, Fateman gave Hanna a copy of one of her zines. As Hanna has related in interviews, she was impressed and inspired by Fateman's writing and the two kept in touch. Later, when Bikini Kill was on a hiatus, Kathleen Hanna moved to Portland, Oregon, where she and Fateman lived with several other women in an off-campus Reed College house known as "The Curse". (All such "Reed Houses" have a clever or ironic name of some sort.) Radio Sloan, who also lived at The Curse, taught...
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