Man Enough to be a Woman

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Serpent's Tail, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 184 pages
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Wayne County was the weirdest, fiercest vision ever to appear on a rock & roll stage. As early as 1972, this dragged-up Lenny Bruce was astonishing New York's blase rock scene with her filthy lyrics and demented stage antics. Andy Warhol and David Bowie courted her, and for the emergent punk generation she was an inspiration. When it came to outrage and attitude, nobody could beat Wayne County.
But it was more than just an act. Beyond the outsize wigs, the on-stage dildos and toilets, Wayne was turning into Jayne: a transsexual whose longing to be a woman had begun in childhood. As her fame spread through Europe, the pressures increased. Finally, she turned her back on rock & roll, changed her name and disappeared into the Berlin underworld.
Man Enough to be a Woman is a hilarious, shameless journey from a rural childhood in deepest Georgia through the hippy 60s, Stonewall, Woodstock, punk, gender-bending and resurgence in the drag-dominated 90s.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The memoirs of a '70s punk/drag sub-icon whose unique trajectory across the counterculture has supplied her with great troves of decadent gossip as well as novel insights into life as a transsexual ... Read full review

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User Review  - ashleybessbrown - LibraryThing

I luvvvv you Jayne! Unlike the pretty boys who flirted with tranny-wear on the NYC punk circuit (W)Jayne was the real deal. She's a sassy bitch and though this book reeks rather pungently of heavily ... Read full review


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About the author (1995)

Rupert Smith was born in Washington DC and grew up in Surrey. He is the author of two previous novels - I Must Confess and Fly on the Wall - and numerous TV tie-in books, including EastEnders: 20 Years in Albert Square. He has also been a ghost-writer for various celebrities, including Michael Barrymore. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Radio Times and Gay Times and lives in London.

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