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It Takes Blood and Guts - Skin with Lucy O'Brien

It Takes Blood and Guts - Skin with Lucy O'Brien
 It Takes Blood and Guts - Skin with Lucy O'BrienIt Takes Blood and Guts - Skin with Lucy O'Brien 

Title: It Takes Blood and Guts

Author:  Skin

ISBN:  9781471194917

Weight:  953 g

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It Takes Blood and Guts by Skin (with Lucy O’Brien)

Lead singer of multi-million-selling rock band Skunk Anansie, solo artist, LGBTQ+ activist and all around trail blazer – Skin is a global icon, and she has been smashing stereotypes for over twenty-five years.  Her journey from Brixton to one of the most influential women in British rock is nothing short of extraordinary.

‘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.’

Born to Jamaican parents, Skin grew up in Brixton in the 1970s.  Her career as an artist began in the ’90s, when Skunk Anansie was formed in the sweat-drenched backrooms of London’s pubs.  Since then she has headlined Glastonbury and toured the world, both as lead singer of Skunk Anansie and as a solo artist.

Her success has been groundbreaking in every way, which has come at a personal cost.  She has always been vocal about social and cultural issues, and was 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 gay, 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.

Peer & Press Reviews

One of the most important females in British music of my lifetime.

Colin Murray, radio and TV presenter

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

A beautiful, raw and exhilarating book that will leave you feeling empowered.

Fearne Cotton

Bibliographic Info

TitleIt Takes Blood and Guts
Author (is the stage name of Deborah Anne Dyer)
written with Lucy O’Brien
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition features

The main body of the book is 303 pages, which includes one 16-page section of black & white, and colour photographs.

The front matter has an additional 6 pages:

Contents [2]
Foreword [1]
Introduction [3]

The back matter has a further 2 pages:

Acknowledgements [2]

Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedIn a panel on the bottom right-hand corner of the front free endpaper (see image).
Book Stats
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781471194917
ISBN 101471194914
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Pages303 [main body]
Size (h x w x d)241 x 161 x 31mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket imagesAngela Improta
Endpaper imagesSkunk Anansie collection

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