Skin, the iconic lead singer of Skunk Anansie, launches her book ‘It Takes Blood And Guts’ 24 September 2020. Co-written with Lucy O’Brien, the book details how Skin, a working class girl, used her vision to fight poverty and prejudice to become one of the most influential women in British Rock.

Skin tells us: “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.”

Skin has fought her way through the sweaty London pubs of the 90’s, through to a headlining Glastonbury success and along the journey, she has had a terrific groundbreaking influence on many.

In the book Skin talks powerfully about her work as a social and cultural activist, championing LGBTQ+ rights at a time when few artists were out and gay.

‘It Takes Blood And Guts’ is a must read book to find out how Skin became such an inspirational role model and smashed through stereotypes in a career lasting over twenty-five years.

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