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First Look At Beth Ditto's New Memoir!

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Oh! We bet that this is going to be a great read!

Check out the cover (above) for Gossip singer Beth Ditto's upcoming memoir, Coal To Diamonds!

Co-written by Michelle Tea, the piece will highlight Ditto's childhood in Arkansas, her experiences during her rise to fame, and her struggle with self-image!

The synopsis reads:

'My life was supposed to be simple and non-negotiable: birth, church, work, marriage, kids, death. But along the way something happened. COAL INTO DIAMONDS is my story - growing up feeling like you are on the margins of society and struggling to find your place. My memoir talks directly to disenfranchised, misunderstood kids everywhere.'

Beth Ditto is known for her remarkable voice (which has been compared to Etta James and Janice Joplin), her talent ('fuckin immense' - Noel Gallagher) and her forthright rejection of what a pop singer should look like. As a 5 foot, 15 stone gay singer, Beth was never going to be ignored but her talent plus her exuberant opinions have made her a heroine for the alternative music scene. Beth grew up in the Bible-belt town of Searcy, Arkansas as the middle child of seven. She says they were a classic trailer-park family, 'crazy poor', who sometimes shot and ate squirrels for entertainment. Beth realized she wasn't cut out for a life of 'teenage pregnancy or crystal meth addiction', and after years of being bullied for being fat and loud, she managed to get away to Olympia, Washington State, where she immediately found like-minded people. It was this move that opened her eyes to another way of living - one where you were not judged for how you looked, but who you were, and where your talents were encouraged. COAL INTO DIAMONDS tells the full story of Beth's journey to success and fulfilment. She has never forgotten how it is to be an outsider and shares her homespun wisdom as well as many wonderful stories of her misspent youth before her song 'Standing in the Way of Control' became an anthem for alternative music fans the world over.

Amazing! We cannot wait to check this one!

We're proud of you for being so candid about your life, bb!

Congrats!

What do U think?? Do U want to check out Beth's memoir??

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20 comments to “First Look At Beth Ditto's New Memoir!”



  1. 1

    WHO CARESSS!



  2. 2

    SHE NEEDS A GASTRIC BYPASS MORE THAN SHE NEEDS A LAME BIO THAT NO ONE CARES ABOUT. NEXT.



  3. 3

    PEREZ: I HAPPEN TO FOLLOW BRITISH POP CULTURE VERY CLOSELY SO I GET ALL YOUR REFERENCES BUT MOST OF YOUR READERS ARE CLUELESS TO 'CHEZZA' AND 'BETH DITTO' AND 'ROBBIE' *LOVE HIM B.T.W.*
    SADLY AMERICANS AS A WHOLE CARE ONLY FOR THE "MOST POPULAR" VS. TALENTED , INTERESTING AND UP & COMING! THEY DIDNT CARE ABOUT GAGA UNTIL SHE WAS ACCEPTED INTO MAINSTREAM…



  4. 4

    Who?



  5. 5

    I have no idea who this person is.



  6. 6

    I CAN'T WAIT!!! The Gossip has become one of my favorite artists of all time. It's real music, not the same recycled pop fluff you hear 50 million times a day on the radio.



  7. 7

    Uhm…Who is she and what is she famous for?



  8. 8

    Re: Kimberbunny

    She's in a band called The Gossip and has a wonderful power-house voice. The Gossip's earlier music was stripped-down blues/rock kind of like The White Stripes. They have now gone more glossy dance/funk.



  9. 9

    15 stones my butt more like 70 stones



  10. 10

    I thougt diamonds were, you know, delicate and small…



  11. 11

    I LOVE Beth Ditto.



  12. 12

    I will definantly be reading it. I was born and raised in Searcy as well and can't wait to see her take on growing up in such a small town and how she did it!



  13. 13

    Re: Rubber Rat – Ahh…Not a fan of the white stripes, so I'll pass on this chick too.



  14. 14

    she is gross to look at needs to lose weight for her health if nothing else.



  15. 15

    First off, Noel Gallagher is a fucking drunk and second, when he called her talent "immense" he was calling her a fat-ass you idiot.



  16. 16

    …who?



  17. 17

    By the way - i'm english…so again…who?



  18. 18

    Cool! Looks like a good read! =]



  19. 19

    Wow, weight discrimination much? btw, she's not tall, so that makes her seem bigger that she is. And there is no size limit on pure fuking talent



  20. 20

    She is an extraordinary woman, and doesn't deserve the awful criticism that you're leaving. She comes through my work(in Portland, Or) often and is always infectious and kind. It's unfortunate that you feel the need to tear someone down like her. You should be praising her for being so proud of her curves and not falling into being just another starved, cocaine addicted celebrity. And for the record, she is NOT obese and does NOT need gastric bypass.