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From Stonewall to Oldham Street: Jayne County - The First Transgender Rock Star

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Jayne County, International 1, Manchester 1988 © Andy Wainwright.jpg

A presentation by Abigail Ward (Manchester Digital Music Archive)

You might know that pioneering transgender rock star Jayne County was part of the Warhol set. You might have heard that she was on the front line at Stonewall in '69, or that David Bowie nicked some of her best ideas. You might know that her breakthrough record 'F**k Off' was huge with London punks, or that she was a massive influence on Pete Burns, Holly Johnson and Boy George. But did you know she recorded three albums in Manchester, played dozens of gigs here and loved to hang out at Dickens on Oldham Street?

This short talk by Abigail Ward will highlight keys moments in Jayne's life, whilst celebrating her enormous influence on glam, punk and 80s pop. It will feature previously unheard interview clips and of photos of her time in Manchester, courtesy of guitarist Paul Wainwright.