It Takes Blood and Guts (Hardback)
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It Takes Blood and Guts (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 24/09/2020

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Charting the Skunk Anansie singer’s fascinating musical journey as well as her role as a trail-blazing social and cultural activist and a champion of LGBTQ+ rights, It Takes Blood and Guts is an extraordinary read from a unique talent.

'It's been a very difficult thing being a lead singer of a rock band looking like me and it still is. I have to say it's been a fight and it will always be a fight. That fight drives you and makes you want to work harder . . . It's not supposed to be easy, particularly if you're a woman, you're black or you are gay like me. You've got to keep moving forward, keep striving for everything you want to be. It's been a fight, and there has been a personal cost, but I wouldn't have done it any other way.'

Skin, the trail-blazing lead singer of multi-million-selling rock band Skunk Anansie, is a global female icon. As an incendiary live performer, she shatters preconceptions about race and gender. As an activist and inspirational role model she has been smashing through stereotypes for over twenty-five years. With her striking visual image and savagely poetic songs, Skin has been a groundbreaking influence both with Skunk Anansie and as a solo artist.

From her difficult childhood growing up in Brixton to forming Skunk Anansie in the sweat-drenched backrooms of London's pubs in the '90s, from the highs of headlining Glastonbury to the toll her solo career took on her personal life, Skin's life has been extraordinary. She also talks powerfully about her work as social and cultural activist, championing LGBTQ+ rights at a time when few artists were out and gay. Told with honesty and passion, this is the story of how a black, working-class girl with a vision fought poverty and prejudice to write songs, produce and front her own band, and become one of the most influential women in British rock.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781471194917
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘The epic tale of Glastonbury’s Black British headliner… Skin is one of the Britpop decade’s forgotten epics… Skin’s feet are positioned firmly on the ground throughout; she’s a winningly genial, sweary soul on paper. 4 stars’ - Jude Rogers, MOJO

‘The pioneering Skunk Anansie frontwoman’s memories offer a very different take on the Britpop era… Skin’s story is one of a rhomboid peg spurning both the round and square hole, drilling dimensions of her own… We now have a lot of language – intersectionality, microaggressions – to describe many of the events in this memoir. However, nothing can really equal candid, first-hand experience, recounted matter of factly here. It would be instructive for anyone who thought they knew the story of the 90s to spend 300 pages in Skin’s Skin.’ - OBSERVER

‘As a Black gay woman fronting 1990s rock band Skunk Anansie, Skin has broken her fair share of ground, but it has come at a personal cost. This is a story of resilience and courage, prejudice and passion’ - RED

'One of the most important females in British music of my lifetime.' - Colin Murray

'A beautiful, raw and exhilarating book that will leave you feeling empowered.' - Fearne Cotton

‘The former Skunk Anansie singer pulls no punches in this heady trawl through her life from tough beginnings in Brixton to work as an LGBTQ+ activist and beyond’  - The I

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“A trip down musical memory lane. Loved it.”

I remember dancing to Skunk Anansie in my college days in the 90's. Skin was an enigma and I loved her style, music and voice. This book shows how hard she worked to get where she is today, it's also a great... More

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“fascinating insight into Skins journey”

What an incredible read that is from the Heart of one shy but determined woman- Skin !
Insightful into her humble beginnings to Global Rock Star and supporting so many Charities.
Must read xxxx

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