Sordid Details, in Stores Now

Add book-penning to the ever-blossoming bailiwick of sexually frank frontman Jon Ginoli, whose Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division offers a compelling new reason to visit one of those stores where they sell the heavy, papery things filled with words and stuff. Published by Cleis Press, Deflowered tracks our local darlings through time as they become the first openly gay punk rock band to capture some glossy media attention and play for big, mostly straight audiences. Ginoli’s sense of humor guides recollections of his own musical passions and experiences surrounding the band’s formation in the early ’90s in San Francisco. The book is perfect for fans drooling for behind-the-scenes details and gossipy bonbons regarding Pansy Division’s tour with Green Day, the rough-and-tumble reality of homophobic fans, and requisite tales of sex, drugs, and band fights. Aficionados of reading, music, and sodomy will all sleep profoundly after hearing Ginoli tell these flavorful tales of the rock ’n’ roll road, his acoustic guitar in hand. This reading kicks off a book tour of 50 cities, and also comes just before the release of Pansy Division’s forthcoming seventh studio album, That’s So Gay, which will have a tour all its own.
Fri., March 20, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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