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Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace talks Tranny, signing to a major label on The Daily Show


Punk rock’s most infamous anarchist sellout Laura Jane Grace appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Thursday night.

The two of them discussed everything from Against Me! signing with a major label to her memoir Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.

Laura notes she “understands” fans’ frustrations regarding Against Me! signing to a major label. “I’ve definitely had bands that, as they got bigger, I felt like my ownership of them was lost,” she says. “Especially with the scene my band came from, the DIY punk scene, that’s staunchly anti-Capitalist.”

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When talking about Tranny, which came out last fall, Laura explained why she decided on that specific title for the book.  “As an artist, as a writer, words that have power are always going to be interesting to me. I’m going to want to explore them.”

When speaking about her own personal experience, Laura says that there is a lack of education around transitioning. “If you think back to school, what a joke sex-ed was. There is no gender identity class—the difference between gender identity and sexual identity. It never was really explained to you,” she says. “So if that wasn’t explained by your parents, their parents or their parents, how can you expect most people to have an understanding of gender?”

Check out part of Laura’s interview with Trevor down below.

Against Me!’s latest album Shape Shift With Me came out in September and they will be joining Green Day on tour this spring. You can buy Tranny here.

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Kelsey Coles
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Kelsey is a recent journalism graduate just trying to find her place in the scary world of post-college life. She currently is the assistant manager at a Toronto tattoo shop and writes in her free time. While she tries her best to live life like Ferris Bueller, she ends up being more like Cameron Frye in the process.

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