|Photo courtesy of Gianna Gianna|
|The birthday girl!|
Gianna Gianna, the unmistakable blonde from BLOK, is celebrating two milestones at the Detroit Bar on Thursday: she's turning 21 years old and releasing her first book. All Encompassing
is an exploration of metaphysics and philosophy through the young local musician's poetry. The book-release party will offer copies of her book for sale along with a free copy of her solo song, also called "All Encompasing." The David Liebe Hart Project (of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) will perform along with Fullerton's zombie-punks Death Hymn Number 9 and more. If all that doesn't sell you, Gianna Gianna promises cupcakes and cookies will be served! Read our interview conducted via email below.
OC Weekly: Where did the idea to write a book come from?
Gianna Gianna: It came from an overflowing surge of creativity and the need to share and provide truth, which is always love. I feel a lot of people lose faith in values and morals because of perpetuated prejudices and stereotyping, formed to protect themselves, and eventually conform in some way or another to survive. So, I'm just here to spread art, love and consciousness. To encourage others to live and thrive. I live what I preach. I am exactly who I say I am, with no exceptions. It's the only thing that feels right to me.
What are some detailed examples of what you wrote about?
This book is my perspective of the understanding of upper-level
consciousness. It's sneaking metaphysical philosophy, positive ideals
and inspiration through poetry, visual art and packaging (including me,
who I am) through my perspective.
How long did it take you to complete, and how did you get it published?
I always write. My drafts folder in my cell phone is just filled with
poetry; I get inspired everywhere. It only took about a week, give or
take, to complete the physical book. It's not that fancy -- completely self- published. Though I will be selling copies at the Lab in Costa Mesa and
several art galleries in the Los Angeles area.
"I'm never a feminist solely based on the name;
Will you give us a preview passage from your book?
excluding a gender, even in title, is in vain.
Pretentious in labeling, in you - me; we're all the same.
Everyone - 'female' + 'male';
in each we all contain"
Why did you title it All Encompassing?
Because we, you and I; us all, are all encompassing beings.
Tell us about the song "All Encompassing."
It's a solo song I wrote (non-BLOK-related) just to further express love
and art though a different means of communication, through song.
Do you have any plans for more books?
Yes, actually, I have tons and tons of poetry I am constantly writing on philosophy. I plan to keep writing and sharing love.
Can you give our readers a sneak peek at some of the "surprises" you have in store for Thursday?
Well, there will definitely be some yum yums, a special live act and, who knows, maybe a special appearance by yours truly. ;)
Anything else you want our readers to know?
I may sound like a stickler when it comes to authenticity and self-
expression, and I say, "hell, yeah, I am." I'm also a good time . . . and
everybody likes a good time.
From my perspective: Just be, act and thrive in love.
Gianna Gianna's 21st Birthday/Book-Release Party with the
Dave Liebe Hart Band, Death Hymn Number 9 and Vitronok is at
the Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949)
642-0600; www.detroitbar.com. Thurs., 9 p.m. Free. 21+