Coal to Diamonds (Hardback)
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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 11/10/2012
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Born and raised in Judsonia, Arkansas-a place where indoor plumbing was a luxury, squirrel was a meal, and sex ed was taught during senior year in high school (long after many girls had gotten pregnant and dropped out) Beth Ditto stood out. Beth was a fat, pro-choice, sexually confused choir nerd with a great voice, an eighties perm, and a Kool Aid dye job. Her single mother worked overtime, which meant Beth and her five siblings were often left to fend for themselves. Beth spent much of her childhood as a transient, shuttling between relatives, caring for a sickly, volatile aunt she nonetheless loved, looking after sister, brothers, and cousins, and trying to steer clear of her mother's bad boyfriends.

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
ISBN: 9781847372161
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 22 mm

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“Very much a rags to riches tale”

This book is a fantastic read, even if you aren't much of a Gossip fan. Beth Ditto managed to grow up through awful conditions of neglect and abuse to be strong in herself and a chosen family who keep her going.... More

Hardback edition
9th October 2013
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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

Hardback edition
19th November 2012
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