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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 more than 25 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.

©2020 Skin and Lucy O'Brien (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

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Only started listening to today and can’t turn off. skin’s voice is captivating and beautiful

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  • 29-09-20

Interesting insight into Skin's life

I am a huge fan of Skunk Anansie and their edginess as a band puts them in a category of their own. I first went along to a gig over 20 years ago and watching gigs practically every night then they kind of stood out for me (in a very good way). Anyway 20 years later I'm even more of a fan now than I was then randomly going to gigs and in someway Ace would be the man living my best life, although after listening to this book maybe it's not all glamorous as we think. Anyway, I think they are all complete legends who have been influenced by so many but yet stand out as being influencers in their own right. Love you Skin, and thanks for this book its really given me a great insight into your life. It kind of makes perfect sense having an audiobook as well as for someone who is a vocalist specialist, it would be a bit crazy not to have Skin read it to you and express herself as she does so well.

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Great to hear

Loved This, Skin is certainly a trailblazer as a black woman, rock legend and Human, Such a beautiful soothing listen, Thank you Skin for sharing your journey

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Brilliant, immersive, positive

This is a story of what hard work and talent can do to propel someone. Love how human Skin comes across and the warmth you can hear as she obviously fondly and matter of factly shares this journey with us.

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Absolutely Incredible

A brilliant story of grit, determination and hard work with a splash of Rock & Roll excess. Skin is an honest, down to earth Icon, an inspiration and she narrates her story beautifully and where she sings, because the songs ARE her story; will give you chills. Just incredible.

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love the insight into a band who broke the mold.

love the insight into a band who broke the mold. Skins voice is emotive and helps guide you through her experience.

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Hung in every word of my favorite artist

So amazing to have skin read this an share it with my partner. I have a signed copy of her book but didn't open it after I discovered that she would read it for us. Great life, great bio ❤️

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worth a read

Great, honest insight into Skin's life. a wonderful person and remarkable person. yes yes yes

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My idol for years. Amazing!

My idol for years it was amazing to get to know her more. What an inspirational person! Author has also done an amazing job working with Skin. Both read the book fantastically. The singing was a bonus.

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FANTASTIC

Glad I didnt purchase the actual book as I got to listen to skin herself as if she was reading it just for me! )♡(