This event takes place at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Avenue)
WORD is thrilled to be partnering with the newly reopened Brooklyn Night Bazaar for a book launch to celebrate the release of Laura Jane Grace's memoir: Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. It's a story that begins in a bedroom in Naples, Florida, when a misbehaving punk teenager named Tom Gabel, armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar and a headful of anarchist politics, landed on a riff and formed one of punk's most influential modern bands: Against Me!. Most fans were familiar with the controversy surrounding the band--Against Me! suffered woes, maintained a revolving door of drummers, and dealt with a horde of angry militant punks who called them "sellouts" and tried to sabotage their shows at every turn--but underneath the public turmoil was a secret Gabel kept for 30 years, only acknowledged in the scrawled-out pages of personal journals and hidden in lyrics. Finally, in May of 2012, a Rolling Stone profile revealed that Gabel would be living as a woman under the name Laura Jane Grace.
Tranny is the intimate story of Against Me!'s enigmatic founder, weaving the narrative of the band's history, as well as Grace's, with dozens of never-before-seen entries from the piles of journals Grace kept. More than a typical music memoir about sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, Tranny is an inside look at one of the most remarkable stories in the history of rock.
In honor of the publication of this very special book, WORD and Brooklyn Night Bazaar invite you to join us for a night of readings, conversation, and a special acoustic performance by Laura Jane Grace herself.
Each ticket guarantees one entry to the event as well as your copy of Grace's memoir, Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout to be picked up at the time of check in at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Ticket Price: $35
Once you reserve your spot, you will receive an electronic ticket which can be printed or downloaded onto your phone for check-in.
Laura Jane Grace is a transgender musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me!. Since coming out as transgender in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she has become an outspoken advocate for transgender awareness. She has a daughter and lives in Chicago.
Dan Ozzi is a New York-based writer and has served as the editor of VICE's music site, Noisey.
Fine Print: We are unable to take refunds for any reason. If you cannot attend the event, your copy of the book will be available for you to pick up for up to 15 days after the event in our Brooklyn bookstore.