"If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman/My mother once told me she would have named me Laura/I would grow up to be strong and beautiful like her". (The Ocean)
A searing account of her search for identity and true self, Tranny reveals the struggles and victories that Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of the cult punk rock band Against Me!, experienced in her quest for gender transition.
Illuminated by Laura Jane's never-before-published journal entries reaching back to childhood, Tranny is an intensely personal and revelatory look inside her struggles with identity and addiction. Grappling with everything from sex, drugs, and failed marriages to the music and soul of a punk rock star, this memoir paints a vivid portrait of one of the most revolutionary transgender icons of our time.
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A truly amazing read. I was worried it would be about nothing but gender dysphoria but Laura really goes deep into the punk scene, telling stories about how the Against Me! fans embraced them then turned against them, and the later embraced them again.
I admit as a fan of the band there may be a slight bias involved here. But as someone who has read a lot of similar books, they do not get more open and honest than this. The fact that I listened to this whole book (all 6 and a half hours) in a single night with a half hour break in the middle should tell you exactly how into the story I got. The addition of her journal entries written at the time lends an air of authenticity to the tale. Laura Jane herself reads it and makes a decent job of it. Well worth the download...
"Chapter 3 cuts out mid chapter ????"
Loved the book, patiently awaited the release of the audio book, chapter three skips mid David Johansson story right to chapter four. Kind of a bummer.
"Powerful story and performance."
This book started off like a trip down memory lane. I grew up in Gainesville and knew many of the locations and people in it. It's amazing to hear. I felt voyeuristic to be hearing a person I know confess so personally and completely her innermost feelings and experiences. I find myself wishing all the amazing people I've met would write their stories so I could see into their lives and understand them like this. I think everybody has a story worth hearing, and this one is no exception. Definitely not your run of the mill rock star coming of age story. I'm also a huge fan of authors reading their own autobiographies. It makes the experience that much more pleasurable. Thank you Laura for letting us know this part of you.
"Appeals beyond a single genre"
Great story. Recommend to anyone interested in punk music, music bios, gender issues, self-exploration and discovery, human issues in general. I enjoyed the journal-based narrative... feels like intimately going back in time with the author. Also a great trip down memory lane for anyone who grew up in Florida ... from the old Gainesville music scene & famous venues to the state drug culture, there are some spot-on details and lots of nostalgia.
This was a very honest tale of a punk rocker. I've been a fan of Against Me! and Laura Jane Grace for some time now. I was actually at many of the shows you mentioned in Arizona. I really didn't realize there was that much disfunction with Warren. I also cannot believe the utter poverty Laura put herself through before her transition. I understand the drug use in the punk scene, I just didn't realize how hard it was to make it as a punk rock band. I do think Against Me! could still stick with their current sound and be as big as Green Day. I'm super happy that Laura narrated her audiobook as well. I find her voice very soothing. I could honestly listen to Laura, Nick Offerman, Diane Rehm, and Terry Gross all day in that order. I'm a punk with a wide range of tastes and Laura delivered. Thank you for your brutally honest story.
I have been waiting to listen to this book since it's existence was first announced and was not disappointed. Even after watching all of the episodes of True Trans, listening to Against Me! since middle school and also watching countless interviews, this book has given me such a beautiful and real insight to the life of someone I admire. Laura, well done, and thank you for letting us in.
"A Significant Read"
Glad to have a window into her life- a unique telling of the complicated turns involved in growing up, working as a musician, dealing with self-acceptance, just as much as a story of someone transitioning. Gets a bit detail-heavy when navigating the weeds of music management, but overall a great read.
"Eye and Heart Opening"
I need to thank Laura for her bravery. I want to be brave too, and this book has helped more than any words could ever express. Honest and open and informative.
I was hoping to gain some insight into the trans community by reading this book, but the author is not very introspective. The author spends most of her time taking about the band and sexual exploits. She keeps repeating, why bother becoming an ugly woman. Near the end the transition takes place, she expects everyone to accept it immediately, despite the fact that it took the author decades to accept it herself. The book ends without any insight into the trans community and a talk about the hopes for the band. I learned more from the interview on the Daily Show... this is a book for fans of the author, not for intellectuals going to gain a new perspective.
I've been a fan of Against Me! for many years pre Laura's transition. In a way I feel I've been there for her since the beginning. she is a phenomenal woman, and this book does not disappoint.
"Powerful and heartwarming"
Mind opening book. We are all just people and everyone deserves to be happy and loved.
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