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date: 25 October 2020

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This chapter tells stories of feminist and lesbian activism related to music and musical lives, personally and in terms of sociopolitical movements. Anger functions as a framing device for storytelling in the literary second person apostrophe, which is deployed to deauthorize language, distance the reader from the writer/speaker, destabilize fixed identities, and disrupt time. Related to gender and sexuality, the second person apostrophe stands in for the displaced “I” of Judith Butler’s concept of gender performativity. The chapter theorizes experiences of the life (specific and individual) in conversation with Gilles Deleuze’s concept of a life (indefinite and singular) that exceeds individuation and evades transcendence of the subject—with and through processes of becoming—in this case, queer musician woman becoming-queer musician woman.

Keywords: gender performativity, queer, feminist, lesbian, music, musician, second person apostrophe, becoming

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