Like oil and water, punk-rock and queer lifestyles just don't seem to mix well, despite a shared penchant for edgy fashion and a fuck-the-system attitude. Which is what made Pansy Division -- the very first out-and-proud-of-it queer punk-rock band -- such an anomaly. The band was formed in San Francisco in 1991 and in the many years since, it has gone through the highs (touring with Green Day) and lows (band fights, dealing with homophobic fans) of the music industry even as they broke barriers and reformulated what it means to be queer and punk-rock.
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Pansy Division guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member Jon Ginoli has written a book entitled Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division about his experiences, and his book-signing presentation will include an acoustic set and readings of excerpts. Look for him at 7:30 p.m. today at the Lodo Tattered Cover (1628 16th Street; 303-436-1070; www.tatteredcover.com) and tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Boulder Barnes & Noble (2915 Pearl Street; 303-442-1665; www.barnesandnoble.com).
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