The East Side Freedom Library and A Greener Read Bookstore invite you to our third exploration of Music & Movements: Trans Roots of Punk Rock on Saturday, February 10 @ 4:00PM.
Venus de Mars is the iconic front person and founding member of the long standing Minneapolis glam-punk/trans-band: Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses, a band which Venus formed in the early 90’s, and fronted through turbulent dark days when identifying as trans meant being classified as having a mental perversion, living as an outcast, and moving through a world universally accepting of trans-phobic violence and discrimination.
Venus, her wife Lynette Reini-Grandell, and the band are the subjects of the award winning 2006 trans rock-doc Venus of Mars by filmmaker Emily Goldberg.
Venus is in the process of writing a memoir which follows her band, marriage, and defining oneself as an out trans-person during the mid 80’s through the LGBTQ culture wars of the early 90’s through the mid-2000’s. It travels from Duluth to Minneapolis, to New York, to the world. An experimental memoir of art, music, self-doubt, self-discovery, punk-glam, goth-fetish, a tumultuous trans-journey, a precarious marriage, and a lifetime of body-mind deconstruction.