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Interview:
Emilie Autumn has plenty of artistic "fight" in her
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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During the long process of her second album, “Opheliac” — released in Germany in 2006 and in the U.S. three years later — Emilie Autumn had plenty of time to consider what she wanted to do with her next album.

But the creative mission for her new “Fight Like a Girl” turned out to be pretty direct.

“Primarily the goal was to tell a story,” says Autumn (ne Liddell), 32, a Los Angeles native who blends elements of rock, electronic, cabaret and classical styles into her music. “The fact that the story is real, that it means everything in the world to me, and that it’s got some serious social messages in it are secondary to the ultimate purpose of story telling.”

And the socio-political climate of an election year and widely divided sides of the fence has certainly put the message of “Fight Like a Girl” into sharper relief.

“We fight for the dream, to the death, for control of ourselves, our bodies, our lives,” explains Autumn, who’s also working on a “soundtrack” for her 2010 book “The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls.”

“At our best, we fight for whom we love, for each other, and for the good of every living thing. We do what’s necessary, all the while maintaining our humanity, something the military forces of this world strongly discourage.

“Boys can and should join us in this, and, much to my pride and pleasure, they are!”

Emilie Autumn performs Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. Call 248-758-9770 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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