Saturday, June 19, 2010
SENSATIONAL VOICE AND BOLD STYLE- BETH DITTO
Lesbian, feminist activist, bona fide rock star, cover girl, sometime punk hairdresser... Indeed, Beth Ditto's CV is as long as she is large. And, with a fashion line for Evans and string of front row appearances during Paris Fashion Week behind her, Ditto can add style icon to that list.
But she is officialy the coolest person in rock'n'roll. Her punk band, Gossip, is on the verge of completing a rags-to-riches journey to the dizzy heights of global stardom. Beth Ditto has been compared to Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Debbie Harry. The New Musical Express describes her as a future "rock goddess". Noel Gallagher reckons she's "fookin' immense". At the age of 29, she's signed a major record deal, and is became very, very famous.
Yet Ditto's appeal extends far beyond the "riot-disco" sound, cutting a swath through the indie club scene of Britain and the United States. On both sides of the Atlantic, her brand of outspoken feminism and outlandish fashion sense creates almost as many headlines as her music.