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Black Me Out

By: Laura Jane Grace
Narrated by: Laura Jane Grace

Publisher's summary

Laura Jane Grace doesn’t defy rock ‘n’ roll. She defines it. In an inspiring examination of identity and creativity, the founder and frontwoman of notorious punk band Against Me! recounts the story of her extraordinary life, her rise to fame, and the painful but powerful moments that have led her to where she is now. Accompanied by stripped-down interpretations of her most personal and political songs - including “Walking Is Still Honest”, “I Was a Teenage Anarchist", and “The Ocean” - Grace traces her intersecting narratives as a punk rock anarchist navigating the mainstream music industry, and a trans woman struggling to live as her true self. “Being a musician,” she shares early on, “is just as much who I am as being transgender. I can’t change it.”

Delivering her story with painful honesty and wicked humor, Black Me Out invites listeners to not only hear Grace’s complicated journey through gender dysphoria, addiction, mental health, and artistic integrity, but recognize the universal pursuit of our authentic selves. Track the common journey with a modern icon.

©2021 Laura Jane Grace (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator and Performer

Laura Jane Grace is a major figure in today’s rock scene, the acclaimed author of Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, and a transgender icon.
In 2012, Grace went public with her gender transition in the pages of Rolling Stone. As the lead singer and founder of the band Against Me!, founded in Florida in the late 1990s, Grace has been an outspoken political critic, writing songs exploring themes of environmentalism as well as personal and social liberation. But her transition allowed her to explore music truly written from her heart and without metaphorical cloaks cast over the lyrics. The result was the group’s critically acclaimed Shape Shift With Me. In 2017, Against Me! opened for Green Day’s Revolution Radio tour, and Grace received the Icon Award from Alternative Music Press. In 2018, she released Bought to Rot on Bloodshot Records with Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers. Grace and her Against Me! bandmates are currently writing the follow-up to Shape Shift With Me. Whether solo or in collaboration, Jane’s music is based in country and folk-rock but with a penchant for noise and anarchy.
In 2020, Laura released her critically-acclaimed solo record Stay Alive, her first release for Polyvinyl Records.
Along with her music and activism, Grace has served as Music Director for MTV's Rebel Music, a series of documentary films about youth, music, and global social change, focused on youth protest movements in the most challenging and turbulent parts of the world. Additionally, along with AOL Studios, she released her 10-episode docuseries titled True Trans With Laura Jane Grace, a body of work that went on to be nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award in the New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture category.
Grace was named to OUT Magazine's annual "OUT 100" in 2014. Grace’s memoir, Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, was named one of Billboard's "100 Greatest Music Books Of All Time."

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