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    Skin: It Takes Blood and Guts

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     Skin: It Takes Blood and Guts
    Marco Ovando

    ‘You’ve got to keep moving forward, keep striving for everything you want to be.’


    The lead singer of rock band Skunk Anansie, solo artist, LGBTQI+ activist and all-around trailblazer launches her memoir in a broadcast event.

    Told with honesty and passion, It Takes Blood and Guts is the story of how a gay, Black, working-class girl with a vision fought poverty and prejudice to write songs, produce and front her own band, and become one of the most influential women in British rock.

    ‘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.’

    Born to Jamaican parents, Skin grew up in Brixton in the 1970s.

    Her career as an artist began in the 90s, when Skunk Anansie was formed in the sweat-drenched backrooms of London’s pubs.

    Since then, she has headlined Glastonbury and toured the world, both as lead singer of the multi-million-selling band Skunk Anansie and as a solo artist.

    For this event, she is in conversation with the broadcaster, film-maker, critic and journalist, Bidisha.

    This event is pre-recorded exclusively for the Southbank Centre.

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    Age recommendation

    For ages 16+

    Copies of Skin’s new book, It Takes Blood and Guts, are available for purchase within the UK for £20. The books are sent out by Foyles via post (postage is included in the price).

    This event is streamed. Streaming is provided by TicketCo on behalf of the Southbank Centre.

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    This event is Captioned.

    A British Sign Language interpreted (BSL) version of this event is also available.

    Skin - It Takes Blood and Guts: BSL Interpreted

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    Dates & times

    First broadcast: available from 7.30pm on Thu 4 Mar and for seven days on demand.


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