Parnassus Books is pleased to welcome Cidny Bullens to celebrate his new book, TransElectric: My Life as a Cosmic Rock Star.
This is a free event which will take place IN STORE on Tuesday, June 6th at 6:30pm Central Time. Because space will be limited, registration is required to attend this event. Please register for free by filling out the form below! (Note: If for any reason you need to cancel your registration, please call the store at 615-953-2243 at least 24 hours before the event so your space can be provided to another guest.) Masks are strongly encouraged during this event.
About the Book
“TransElectric belongs on the small shelf of great rock n’ roll memoirs. But it transcends the genre. Cidny Bullens’ story, bravely and beautifully told, is at once about the music, personal truth, and the history of our time.” - CARL BERNSTEIN, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist (and one time rock critic), The Washington Post
From the depths of the seventies rock 'n' roll excesses through unimaginable personal losses to an inspiring late-life transformation, Cidny Bullens's story is an utterly compelling journey about living and singing with your authentic voice.
An androgynous gender-bending musician from the get-go, Bullens toured extensively with Sir Elton John and performed with Bob Dylan, undergoing a complete immersion in the drug-fueled excesses of 1970s rock 'n' roll. Despite getting sober, climbing the charts with the Grammy-nominated Survivor, as well as a Grammy nomination for his lead vocals in the soundtrack for the movie Grease, Bullens was unable to break out as a solo star in a world that allowed its artists to cross the gender line, but had much more narrow expectations about how women could behave and perform.
Retreating into the conventional lifestyle of a suburban mom, Bullens felt like she was living in an alternate universe. Then whatever world she had was shattered by the tragic death of her younger daughter from cancer. Out of the ashes of despair, Bullens brought forth an award-winning album, Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth, that relaunched the musician's career.
Finally, nine years ago, Cidny claimed his own healing and transitioned from female to male--finding unexpected love, becoming a new step-father, and a grandfather.
What he found, too, was his true voice and true power as a performer.
About the Author
Cidny Bullens, formerly known as Cindy Bullens, is an American singer-songwriter who is best known for serving as backup vocalist on tours and albums with Elton John and Rod Stewart, as well as providing vocals on the soundtrack of the 1978 feature film Grease, as well as releasing nine critically acclaimed solo albums. In 2012, Bullens publicly came out as a transgender man. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.