Tranny

Tranny

Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout

Book - 2016 | First edition
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" If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman / My mother once told me she would have named me Laura / I would grow up to be strong and beautiful like her. " --"The Ocean," lyrics by Thomas James Gabel

Grace's early years were spent in a disillusioned rage as she grappled with the fact she didn't identify with her body, further complicated by the strain of her parents' unhappy marriage. As a teenager, she struggled with drug addiction and depression, found punk rock and lost herself in the nihilism and anarchism which created the foundation for Against Me!.

With Against Me! came success not to mention the dissolute life of a rock star. The national stardom only further fueled Grace's struggles with identity and addiction. And, finally in 2012 Grace went public with Rolling Stone magazine, and began her transition to Laura Jane Grace, leaving Thomas James Gable behind forever.

Peppered throughout with Laura Jane's never-before-published journal entries that reach back to childhood, KILL ME LOUDLY is an intensely personal and revelatory look inside sex, drugs, failed marriages, music, and soul of a punk rock icon.

Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316387958
Branch Call Number: 782.42166092 GRA 2016
Characteristics: 306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Ozzi, Dan

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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! (more)


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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 ca... Read More »


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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)

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karen3515
Mar 25, 2017

A fascinating memoir!

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secondhandrose
Mar 12, 2017

Heartbreaking account of Grace's struggle with gender dysphoria.

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susannastarlight
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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