Coal to Diamonds (Hardback)Beth Ditto (author)
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Her punk education began in high school under the tutelage of a group of teens - her second family - who embraced their outsider status and introduced her to safety-pinned clothing , mail-order tapes, queer and fat-positive zines, and any shred of counterculture they could smuggle into Arkansas. With their help, Beth survived high school, a tragic family scandal, and a mental breakdown, and then she got the hell out of Judsonia. She decamped to Olympia, Washington, a late-1990s paradise for Riot Grrrls and punks, and began to cultivate her glamorous, queer, fat, femme image. On a whim - with longtime friends Nathan, a guitarist and musical savant in a polyester suit, and Kathy, a quiet intellectual turned drummer - she formed the band Gossip. She gave up trying to remake her singing voice into the ethereal wisp she thought it should be and instead embraced its full, soulful, potential. Gossip gave her that chance, and the raw power of her voice won her and Gossip the attention they deserved.
Marked with the frankness, humour and defiance that have made her an international icon, Beth Ditto's unapologetic, startlingly direct, and poetic memoir is a hypnotic and inspiring account of a woman coming into her own.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 22 mm
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“A must read if you like Gossip”
Beth Ditto is the charismatic singer of Gossip: her story helps us understand how and why the group is what it is today. Beth Ditto very sincerely und unashamedly tells us about her disrupted childhood in Arkansas... More
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