The name Grace Jones inspires thoughts of tribal queens, disco legends, striking features, and for those of us who are fans of B-horror movies, crazy, red-haired, blue-eyed vampires. She also inspires fierceness, doing things one’s own way, being combative when you need to be, and not backing down when you’re doing what you feel is right. Grace Jones, the singer-model-actress, is a true triple threat, and now, with her soon-to-be-released autobiography entitled I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, Jones can add author to that list.
In a 1983 interview with BBC’s Russell Harty, Grace Jones got a little, well, physical with Harty. Two years later during an interview with Johnny Carson, Carson asked Jones about the legendary incident, “I understand, Grace, that when you were on a talk-show in London … you beat up the guy on the show.” Jones’ response was simply “he asked me really dumb questions,” proving that Grace really isn’t one to mince words.
Jones proves this once again in her autobiography when she singles out a long list of today’s pop stars, saying they have “no long-term vision,” and they only “dress up as though they are challenging the status quo.”
“Trends come along and people say, ‘Follow that trend’. There’s a lot of that around at the moment: ‘Be like Sasha Fierce. Be like Miley Cyrus. Be like Rihanna. Be like Lady Gaga. Be like Rita Ora and Sia. Be like Madonna.’ I cannot be like them — except to the extent that they are already being like me.”
In I’ll Never Write My Memoirs— which comes out September 29 — Grace Jones continues to trash these “middle of the road” female pop stars, claiming that copying her style is what has led them to all of their fame and fortune at her expense.
“I have been so copied by those people who have made fortunes that people assume I am that rich. But I did things for the excitement, the dare, the fact that it was new, not for the money, and too many times I was the first, not the beneficiary.”
Proving once and for all that Grace Jones is her own person and not the media’s plaything to dress up and stereotype as they see fit, Grace also takes on the word “diva” in her book.
“The word is usually used to describe an apparently erratic female whose temperamental qualities, survival instincts, and dedication to perfection are seen as weaknesses, as self-indulgent, not a strength … I am not a diva. I am a Jones!”
For more teasers of Grace Jones’ new autobiography, you can read the full excerpt from Jones’ book on Time Out, where it was originally published.
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