Recommendation: Antony Hegarty

A reader recommends…

Antony Hegarty is the transgendered singer and musician in band Antony and the Johnsons. They’ve made a few marvellous albums. He has a divinely mournful voice. And i simply love the way this article describes him… “voluptuous not tough” … “Today i am a boy” … “I am a bird now” … there’s this very refreshingly gentle, poetic, unassuming way of talking about gender/and or/identity.

To quote said article:

“Antony Hegarty is an embodied paradox. Imagine a looming rugger thug who defines his physique as voluptuous, not tough, and behaves like a shy adolescent of indeterminate sex. Is he a futuristic being whose home is not on this earth or a throwback from some other time? Lou Reed, one of his earliest supporters, said: “When I heard him, I knew that I was in the presence of an angel…” And how, if we respect the binary logic of human biology, do we classify the idiosyncratic Antony? Even his own designation, transgender, hardly does justice to his mutability.”


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Posted by on March 13th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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3 Responses to “Recommendation: Antony Hegarty”

  1. Anonymous

    Go Antony, indeed! He (and of course the Johnsons) are brilliant.


  2. Oliver

    Oh my god, I love Antony! His music is gorgeous. If I ever heard him live, I would most definitely start crying; his voice is that beautiful.


  3. DMc

    In the 11/2010 issue of Out magazine, there was an interview with Antony. There was a phrase he used about trans people I really like: “a certain kind of wilderness in our blood”


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