Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout

Book - 2016
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"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"-- from Amazon.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2016
Characteristics: 306 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316387958 (hardcover)
Call Number: B GRACE L GRACE


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Laura Jean Grace's memoir not only documents Against Me!'s rise to fame and struggles, but her own gender dysphoria and the scorn of a punk scene that resents the band's success.

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I’ve read a few biographies by or about musicians but this one was the most passionate, honest, but brutal in its way, so far. The title pretty much says it all; Laura Jane Grace started life as Tom Gabel, became involved in the punk music scene as a teenager and eventually fronted a punk band called Against Me! What I learned in between those 3 points is the struggle someone goes through when they feel like they aren’t who they are supposed to be and how self-destructive that feeling can make you all the while trying to live, work, create music, and to love. Reading about what Tom did to himself was tough, but I’ve never been close to anyone who has struggled with their identity like this, but it all felt very honest and upfront and I wanted to know how Laura Jane made it work. The book touched on her new life but I’m hoping she has the courage to tell us more in the future. (Submitted by Renee)

Mar 25, 2017

A fascinating memoir!

Mar 12, 2017

Heartbreaking account of Grace's struggle with gender dysphoria.

Dec 28, 2016

I read this book because I enjoy their music. Great for Laura becoming who she is today. Will definitely follow her story to see where this new life takes her.


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