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SKIN in conversation with Lucy O’Brien: It Takes Blood and Guts

Sunday 8th November, 4.15pm

‘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.’

What a treat of an opportunity – join SKIN, the trail-blazing lead singer of multi-million-selling rock band Skunk Anansie, in conversation with music journalist, biographer and broadcaster Lucy O’Brien.

A global female icon and an incendiary live performer, Skin shatters preconceptions about race and gender. As an activist and inspirational role model she has been smashing through stereotypes for over twenty-five years. With her striking visual image and savagely poetic songs, Skin has been a ground-breaking 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.

SKIN and Lucy will talk powerfully about Skin’s 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.

Lucy O’Brien

Lucy O’Brien is a writer/academic and broadcaster. She has co-authored It Takes Blood And Guts with Skin, the lead singer of Skunk Anansie, and a special Silver Jubilee edition of her book She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Popular Music is out early November. She is author of Dusty: The Classic Biography, now in its 3rd edition), Annie Lennox, and Madonna: Like An Icon (translated into 13 languages). She has contributed to Q, Mojo, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Quietus, and numerous anthologies such as Mute Records: Artists, Business, History (2018) and Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music: Performance, Authority, Authenticity (2016). She played in all-girl band The Catholic Girls, and is working on a memoir about punk and feminism.

Skin

A global female icon and an incendiary live performer, Skin shatters preconceptions about race and gender. As an activist and inspirational role model she has been smashing through stereotypes for over twenty-five years. 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.

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