Episode 221: Laura Jane Grace

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Punk icon Laura Jane Grace finally came by Going Off Track with guest host Benny Horowitz (The Gaslight Anthem) to discuss her upcoming book “Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout” (which was also written by another frequent guest host, Dan Ozzi). Along the way we talk about what it’s like ┬áinterviewed by everyone from Larry King to Marc Maron, how she feels our government is dealing with the transgender community in 2016, the way marijuana has helped her deal with anxiety and the legend of the mythical cross joint. We also discuss the upcoming Against Me! album “Shape Shift With Me,” what the writing dynamic is like in the band these days and, to put it in perspective, how it’s changed over the past fifteen years. “I had to go through the things I got through to be the person that I am and all of those lessons are equally important,” Grace says at one point. adding that she’s been homeless both by choice and circumstance in her past. “Life takes you to crazy places and things you thought were absolutes aren’t and I’m thankful to have gotten to that place at a relatively young age.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Photo: Ryan Russell