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Tranny : Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout - Laura Jane Grace

Tranny

Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout

Hardcover

Published: 15th November 2016
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ONE OF BILLBOARD'S "100 GREATEST MUSIC BOOKS OF ALL TIME"

The provocative transgender advocate and lead singer of the punk rock band Against Me! provides a searing account of her search for identity and her true self.

It began in a bedroom in Naples, Florida, when a misbehaving punk teenager named Tom Gabel, armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar and a headful of anarchist politics, landed on a riff. Gabel formed Against Me! and rocketed the band from its scrappy beginnings-banging on a drum kit made of pickle buckets-to a major-label powerhouse that critics have called this generation's The Clash. Since its inception in 1997, Against Me! has been one of punk's most influential modern bands, but also one of its most divisive. With every notch the four-piece climbed in their career, they gained new fans while infuriating their old ones. They suffered legal woes, a revolving door of drummers, and a horde of angry, militant punks who called them "sellouts" and tried to sabotage their shows at every turn.

But underneath the public turmoil, something much greater occupied Gabel-a secret kept for 30 years, only acknowledged in the scrawled-out pages of personal journals and hidden in lyrics. Through a troubled childhood, delinquency, and struggles with drugs, Gabel was on a punishing search for identity. Not until May of 2012 did a Rolling Stone profile finally reveal it: Gabel is a transsexual, and would from then on be living as a woman under the name Laura Jane Grace.

Tranny is the intimate story of Against Me!'s enigmatic founder, weaving the narrative of the band's history, as well as Grace's, with dozens of never-before-seen entries from the piles of journals Grace kept. More than a typical music memoir about sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll-although it certainly has plenty of that-Tranny is an inside look at one of the most remarkable stories in the history of rock.

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Fabulous life story of Laura Jane Grace

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    Booktopia is a great company I always get such a prompt service.
    Great choice in different ranges of books.
    This book was great reading. And a reasonable price too.

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    A compelling book, whether or not you're familiar with her

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    • Engaging characters
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      I didn't really know much about Laura Jane Grace going in, I only recently became familiar with her through her music as I was looking for trans-specific bands and I had never heard of Against Me! before.
      This book helped me understand where she came from and provided new onsite to her music.
      This book was also an excellent and compelling read, and I'm not usually into non-fiction

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      Laura Jane Grace has pulled off the near impossible. With her first book, Tranny, she has added a new perspective to a vastly over populated genre of music-based literature. In doing so, she has also managed to tell her own deeply personal, at times heartbreaking, story of her struggle with gender identity in a society still content to ascribe gender using an archaic binary system that drives so many transgender people to despair. This book is a mandatory read for anyone interested in gender identity, intellectual punk rock, or an engrossing account of a great rock and roll band, subjects that may sound mutually exclusive but here are inextricably linked. -- Shirley Manson, lead singer of Garbage

      ISBN: 9780316387958
      ISBN-10: 0316387959
      Audience: General
      Format: Hardcover
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 272
      Published: 15th November 2016
      Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
      Country of Publication: US
      Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.24  x 3.05
      Weight (kg): 0.64
      Edition Number: 1