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Publisher's Summary

Laura Jane Grace doesn’t defy rock ‘n’ roll. She defines it. In an inspiring examination of identity and creativity, the founder and frontwoman of notorious punk band Against Me! recounts the story of her extraordinary life, her rise to fame, and the painful but powerful moments that have led her to where she is now. Accompanied by stripped-down interpretations of her most personal and political songs - including “Walking Is Still Honest”, “I Was a Teenage Anarchist", and “The Ocean” - Grace traces her intersecting narratives as a punk rock anarchist navigating the mainstream music industry, and a trans woman struggling to live as her true self. “Being a musician,” she shares early on, “is just as much who I am as being transgender. I can’t change it.”

Delivering her story with painful honesty and wicked humor, Black Me Out invites listeners to not only hear Grace’s complicated journey through gender dysphoria, addiction, mental health, and artistic integrity, but recognize the universal pursuit of our authentic selves. Track the common journey with a modern icon. 

©2021 Laura Jane Grace (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator and Performer

Laura Jane Grace is a major figure in today’s rock scene, the acclaimed author of Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, and a transgender icon.
In 2012, Grace went public with her gender transition in the pages of Rolling Stone. As the lead singer and founder of the band Against Me!, founded in Florida in the late 1990s, Grace has been an outspoken political critic, writing songs exploring themes of environmentalism as well as personal and social liberation. But her transition allowed her to explore music truly written from her heart and without metaphorical cloaks cast over the lyrics. The result was the group’s critically acclaimed Shape Shift With Me. In 2017, Against Me! opened for Green Day’s Revolution Radio tour, and Grace received the Icon Award from Alternative Music Press. In 2018, she released Bought to Rot on Bloodshot Records with Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers. Grace and her Against Me! bandmates are currently writing the follow-up to Shape Shift With Me. Whether solo or in collaboration, Jane’s music is based in country and folk-rock but with a penchant for noise and anarchy.
In 2020, Laura released her critically-acclaimed solo record Stay Alive, her first release for Polyvinyl Records.
Along with her music and activism, Grace has served as Music Director for MTV's Rebel Music, a series of documentary films about youth, music, and global social change, focused on youth protest movements in the most challenging and turbulent parts of the world. Additionally, along with AOL Studios, she released her 10-episode docuseries titled True Trans With Laura Jane Grace, a body of work that went on to be nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award in the New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture category.
Grace was named to OUT Magazine's annual "OUT 100" in 2014. Grace’s memoir, Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, was named one of Billboard's "100 Greatest Music Books Of All Time."

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LJG inspires

The sincerity in which Laura Jane Grace told her story is moving and emotive. As a long time fan of Against Me!, it was gripping to hear the stories behind great songs.
The musical performances were also a wonderful addition for any fan!

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Great listen

I really enjoyed the music and the backstory here. I love the inspiration and the songwriting. Laura Jane Grace is as authentic as it gets, and I love her honesty and relatability.

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I am so grateful for this!

Laura and Against Me! have been a part of my life for over 20 years. I love hearing about touring, especially the shows I was at.
Laura is just so relatable and I love how this is like a conversation with the audience. I look forward to more shows and anything she writes in the future!

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First time reviewer long time Against Me! and LJG Fan. A great listen as extension to her book. I recommend listening during a nice walk. As for me it brought me comfort during an anxious sleepless night. Loving the New recording of Bamboo Bones. Can't get enough.Thanks for inspiring my steps towards sobriety. <3 Come to LA soon. Best wishes!

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Raw and beautiful!

I hope we get to hear more from Laura Jane Grace in the near future! This was so raw and beautiful. Grateful to her for sharing some of her story with us.

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Too short!

Wasn’t a punk scene kid, so I wasn’t too familiar with this particular artist, apart from the Teenage Anarchist song. This audible book was decent. Well narrated. Kept my attention.

Could have listened to more of Laura’s story. The authenticity was palpable and genuine.

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Great listen!

I thought this was a great listen. I was not familiar with this band or Laura but, to me, she really summarized the meaning of life in this book.

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Thank you for sharing your story

This was exceptional. I am so glad I stumbled onto this!

Heartfelt, engaging, transparent, and thoughtful.

This artist continues to inspire!

As a fan, it was great to have insight into the journey. I have been a fan since the beginning and I can connect with where I was in relation to her journey (yes, even for a time as one of the people who thought Against Me sold out).

As a fellow human being . . . I too struggle with the dissonance I have in parts of my life. This really resonated with me.

Thank you Laura and Against Me!

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inspiring

I love Laura Jane Grace, what an inspiration, and the reworked versions of Against Me! classics are worth the price alone.

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Phenomenal

Excellent on all levels. Great insight, open and honest. Loved the music and the openness about her life.

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