Big Freedia God save the queen diva!

Big Freedia

Book - 2015

"From the eponymous star of the most popular reality show in Fuse TVs history, this no-holds-barred memoir tells the story of a gay, self-proclaimed mama's boy who exploded onto the formerly underground Bounce music scene--a hip-hop subgenre--and found acceptance, healing, self-expression, and stardom"--Amazon.com.

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Published
New York : Gallery Books 2015.
Edition
First Gallery Books hardcover edition
Language
English
Physical Description
262 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781501101243
1501101242
Main Author
Big Freedia (author)
Other Authors
Nicole Balin (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* He was born Freddie Ross in Baltimore and raised in New Orleans, but today he is better known as Big Freedia as he performs a type of hip-hop called bounce. In his entertaining and down-to-earth memoir of a life lived on the margins, he notes that he knew he was different early on. At 10, when his friends were listening to Michael Jackson and Bobby Brown, he turned to the church and gospel music. More significantly, he reveals, "I knew I was gay pretty much right from the start." He came out to his mother when he was in eighth grade and came out soon thereafter to the world. He writes about clubbing and making records and about personal challenges, such as the death of his beloved mother and the time he was shot in the arm, as well as a few surprises, including his opening for the indie band Postal Service, to the bewilderment of their almost exclusively white fans. Big Freedia also describes being trapped on the roof of his house during Hurricane Katrina before making his way to the chaos of the New Orleans Convention Center. Fans of bounce will be fascinated by Big Freedia's many-chaptered story and his struggle to remain true to himself. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A memoir by the Fuse TV reality star and champion of the New Orleans-based Bounce movement traces the relationship between her personal life and career, her struggles with a violent youth, her survival of Hurricane Katrina and the liberation she found by embracing her artistic self.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A memoir by the reality star and champion of the New Orleans-based Bounce movement traces her struggles with a violent youth, her survival of Hurricane Katrina, and the liberation she found by embracing her artistic self.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"From the eponymous star of the most popular reality show in Fuse TVs history, this no-holds-barred memoir tells the story of a gay, self-proclaimed mama's boy who exploded onto the formerly underground Bounce music scene--a hip-hop subgenre--and found acceptance, healing, self-expression, and stardom"--Amazon.com.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

From the eponymous star of the most popular reality show in Fuse TV&;s history, this no-holds-barred memoir tells the story of a gay, self-proclaimed mama&;s boy who exploded onto the formerly underground Bounce music scene&;a hip-hop subgenre&;and found acceptance, healing, self-expression, and stardom!As the &;undisputed ambassador&; of the energetic, New Orleans-based Bounce movement, Big Freedia isn&;t afraid to twerk, wiggle, and shake her way to self-confidence, and is encouraging her fans to do the same. In her engrossing memoir, Big Freedia tells the inside story of her path to fame, the peaks and valleys of her personal life, and the liberation that Bounce music brings to herself and every one of her fans who is searching for freedom. Big Freedia immediately pulls us into the relationship between her personal life and her career as an artist; being a &;twerking sissy&; is not just a job, she says, but a salvation. A place to find solace. To escape from the battles she faced growing up in the worst neighborhood in New Orleans. To deal with losing loved ones to the violence on the streets, drug overdoses, and jail. To survive hurricane Katrina by living on her roof for two days with three adults and a child. To grapple with the difficulties and celebrate the joys of living. In this eye-opening memoir that bursts with energy, you&;ll learn the history of the Bounce movement and meet all of the colorful characters that pepper its music scene. With her own unique voice and unabashed enthusiasm, Big Freedia tells how she arrived at this defining moment in music, and how Bounce ultimately has allowed her to become her own version of diva, one booty-pop at a time.