Laura Jane Grace’s Cosmopolitan article includes SWEET Joan Jett story

Against Me! is one of my favorite bands, thanks to Joan Jett. In 2006, when Joan had her Sirius satellite radio show, she would talk about them and play their music often. But I really got into them the first time I heard “I Was A Teenage Anarchist,” and then I had to run out and find all of their CDs. Sorry, Against Me!, you’re stuck with me now. 🙂

Laura Jane Grace, Against Me!’s singer, wrote an inspiring story for this month’s issue of Cosmopolitan about her first year as a woman. I’m not surprised that our Joanie is one of her biggest supporters.

My Ally, Joan Jett

One of the first people I received a letter of support from after coming out was Joan Jett, who I knew a little from doing the Warped Tour together in 2006. Joan is a hero of mine and a rock-and-roll pioneer. When she started out, the rock scene was predominantly male. She defied gender stereotypes all on her own. My daughter, Evelyn, is also a huge Joan Jett fan. She asks for Joan’s records to be played and adores her Joan Jett Barbie doll. Against Me! went through New York City on tour with The Cult in June, and I asked Joan if she’d sing a song with us. She and her band had covered The Replacements’ “Androgynous” onstage, and The Replacements are one of my all-time favorite bands. Joan was into the idea! Singing together onstage, I felt so confident and grateful for her support. Back on the tour bus after the show, I watched, astonished, as Joan Jett leaned down and tucked an excited Evelyn, who was supposed to be asleep, into bed.

Please read the rest here: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/exclusive/laura-jane-grace-first-year-as-a-woman

I wish there were pics of Joan with Evelyn — Joan is awesome with kids! Exhibit A:

Joan serenades Logan

Here’s the video of Joan singing “Androgynous” with Against Me! last year. Loved it!

Laura Jane is a phenomenal songwriter — check out “Soulmates to Strangers” live with The Blackhearts! Cannot WAIT to hear a recorded version of this!

♥ ♥ ♥ LOVE ♥ ♥ ♥

 

Video of the week: Against Me! & Joan Jett sing Androgynous @ Terminal 5, NYC 6/8/2012

I love this, and I love Against Me!

Watch on YouTube

This performance got a bit of media coverage too. Check it out:

Spin.com, 6/11/12:

Against Me! opened for the Cult Friday night at Manhattan’s Terminal 5, marking the band’s first New York City appearance for singer Laura Jane Grace since she came out as transgender last month (her live debut came two weeks ago in San Diego). For a little extra oomph, the band was joined onstage by Joan Jett, who sang the Replacements’ “fuck your gender norms” anthem “Androgynous” with Grace (wearing more or less matching outfits and tattoos, we might add). … Read the rest here.

Rolling Stone

And check out this beautiful MTV interview with Laura Jane Grace on the future of Against Me! and more: Click here to watch.

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