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It Takes Blood and Guts


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Skin is one of Britain's leading and acclaimed rock singers. She is also a fashion icon, a renowned DJ, an actress and an activist. Born and brought up in Brixton, South London, she rejected the safe haven of soul/R&B session singing by diving headlong into hardcore rock. Since she emerged in the mid '90s with Skunk Anansie, Skin has been a groundbreaking presence. As well as fronting one of the UK's most successful underground bands, Skin is a multi-talented artist and she is currently producing solo Techno music and preparing for an up-and-coming movie role. Lucy O'Brien is a writer, academic and author of She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Popular Music, Madonna: Like An Icon and in-depth biographies of Dusty Springfield and Annie Lennox. She has been a good friend of Skin's since 1995, going to countless Skunk Anansie shows and festival dates. Lucy was a judge for the Penderyn Music Book Prize, 2018. She was one of the few female staff writers for NME and has contributed to numerous titles including Q, Mojo, NME, the Sunday Times and the Guardian.


'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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