Laura Jane Grace: Punk Guilt
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Laura Jane Grace is the lead singer/songwriter for Against Me! and author of the recent memoir Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. She’s been powerfully open about her own experiences with gender dysphoria, transitioning, imposter syndrome and – most interesting to me – what it means to be truly authentic in this world. Our conversation went all over the place, as you’d expect, from how we write songs and deal with “finishing” things, to how we deal when the head-weasels come scurrying.
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Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with Laura Jane Grace. Recorded March 15, 2019 in Austin, TX.
Laura Jane Grace is the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me! They’ve come out with 7 studio albums. Grace is one of the first highly visible punk rock musicians to come out as transgender and has become an outspoken advocate for transgender awareness. Her column Mandatory Happiness was published by Vice for years.
Her autobiography is entitled, Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.
Her debut solo album “Bought to Rot” was released in 2018. Her new album “Stay Alive” is out now on Polyvinyl Records.
We talk about enjoying music as an individual, musicians working in cycles, the relationship between speed and creativity, and punk guilt.
Bought to Rot:
Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout:
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Thanks, of course, to my guest Laura Jane Grace for doing this wonderful interview with me. It was recorded by Jessica Gardener, who was also filming a documentary on my entire SXSW experience. You can actually watch that documentary online.
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