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Punk legend Hagen writes of journey to Jesus

AFP · 31 Dec 2009, 14:16

Published: 31 Dec 2009 14:16 GMT+01:00

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The former hell-raiser, now 54, said on her website she had come a long way from the atheism of her youth in communist East Germany, where she rebelled against the regime and launched her music career.

"She has more to tell than the usual mixture of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll," a blurb from her publisher Droemer Knaur about the book "Confessions: My Path to God" posted on her website said.

"Nina tells how she, at an early age in an atheist environment, came upon a forbidden but fascinating being named God. She takes the reader with her on a wild road movie in which she has demonic experiences in an Indian ashram.

"On the way, she looked love, drugs and death in the eye. But above all, she encountered God."

The book is to be released in March. Hagen told Thursday's Bild newspaper that she had been baptised in August and that she wanted to share with readers the joy of finding Jesus. "The baptism saved my life," she said. "I was in a bad way before that."

Hagen defected to West Germany in 1976 following the expulsion of her stepfather, activist singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann. From there, she landed in London just as punk erupted on the music scene.

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Renowned for her raucous, uninhibited stage show, she courted controversy with stunts such as feigning masturbation on a television chat show.

In recent years, she has done voice-overs for film, released an album of swing music and integrated Christian songs into her live act.

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16:27 December 31, 2009 by Henckel
In the picture she looks like an entertainer in a brothel. Wonder if she was wearing fishnet stockings?
03:14 January 1, 2010 by moorekwesi
Who's Jesus?

He's the Son of God who came to die to atone for the sin of mankind according the Bible.Some scholars i've also read also says,He prophesied of His death and resurrection which was fulfilled.For many years the debate about JESUS goes on and it still goes on.....He's to the Christian what Buddha may be to the Buddhist.But reading other sources,I'm told there's significant difference.

Who's Jesus?
07:14 January 1, 2010 by wenddiver
That's what happened to Punk Rock, eveybody who reaaly participated eventually found something so scary the turned to God. Just like soldiers find him in War Zones.
08:39 January 1, 2010 by pepsionice
The curious thing here....is what bump in the road or what individual pulled Miss Hagen on-course? You run for fifty years of your life as an atheist of sorts.....jumping from one new fad religion to another.....and now someone just hands you a compass?
19:40 January 4, 2010 by Henckel
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07:54 January 5, 2010 by lordkorner
Oh for Christ sake!
02:27 June 20, 2010 by templeoftherisendead
Oh my, Lots of religion haters in here. You never can tell the difference between religious nuts and religion haters. They are secretly the same crowd of contradiction. I Know that Jesus is the person who took our place on the cross. By reading some of these comments, He must have been a swell guy to die for some of you people. I know Satanists who are more secure with themselves immature atheists, who are sad that they feel nobody loves them. LOL, No different than any of the Bible Bashers. At least, Nina Hagen is doing it right, give her some credit. The whole rebel satanic thing is so last century. The best way to be controversial now is going from satanic to Christian, not the other way around. You guys got it all backwards. Marilyn Manson thought he was controversial, but I never did. He was nothing more garbage pail rock for 5'th graders. The most controversial thing Manson could have ever done was not only go Christian, but ACTUALLY become one like Nina. She's got more Heart & Guts than any of You. So why aregue with the crazies, less you come join the club first. This is the most lovely insanity I've heard in years.
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