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Catharina Hagen (born on March 11, 1955) is a singer from East Berlin, Germany.

She’s a daughter of well-known East German actress Eva-Maria Hagen and writer Hans Oliva-Hagen. They divorced 5 years later due to the rising success of Eva-Maria (called “East Germany’s Brigitte Bardot”) as an actress on stage and in films. When Catharina (Nina) was 10 years old Eva-Maria had a partnership with dissident song-writer Wolf Biermann (see links at the end).

Nina left school in the 10th grade and joined a cover band. Eventually she joined the band Automobil (picture), which released a well-received album in Germany, including her first hit “Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen”.

After a concert for a West German labour union in 1976 Biermann was forbidden to return to the GDR. Because of their protests against it Eva-Maria and Nina were thrown out of GDR in 1977, and followed Wolf Biermann to Hamburg.

Nina subsequently met West-Berlin photographer Jim Rakete (who also produced some bands he shot the cover-photos for), and he brought Nina together with the politically left-wing band “Lokomotive Kreuzberg” (later known as “Spliff”): thus the “Nina Hagen Band” was born.

In 1978 The Nina Hagen Band released their self-titled debut album, which included titles like “TV-Glotzer” (a cover of “White Punks on Dope” by The Tubes) and “Auf’m Bahnhof Zoo”.


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