Outlines: kd lang (Absolute Press 1999)

This insightful, eclectic and often witty ‘Outline’ explores kd lang’s career and life up to the end of the 1990s, placing her in the context of the social and political times that have influenced both the author and her subject.

It explores how lang’s androgynously sexy image, her commitments to animal rights and the fight against AIDS, her Canadian identity and her openness about her sexuality have all played their part in marking her out as both an important and influential musician and a major lesbian icon.


‘This engaging biography traces Lang’s upbringing in the sticks of Canada to her superstardom as a singer and poster child for honesty and self-acceptance… from Lang’s public stances on animal rights and the fight against AIDS to her life with her girlfriend is chronicled in this refreshing look at a true original.’                                                        Dallas Voice

‘This book…is only pocket size but it has a volume size punch…excellent reading for anyone with an open unprejudiced mind and a thirst for facts.’ Ian McQueen, Country Music News and Routes

‘Rose Collis’s book on singer kd lang was the first in a new series called ‘Outlines’ published by Absolute Press. The series aims to explore the way homosexuality has informed the life and creative work of the influential gay and lesbian artists.                                                      Financial Times

‘KD Lang’s biography is an energetically researched account of the singer’s career. Lang’s life and work has already been well documented, but Collis’s book being the more recent, covers the latest album, Drag, and her recent film roles.’                                                                                 Diva

…a little bit more literate than the average pop musician bio…you’ll want Collis’s unique, insightful, witty view of her.’                                         Feminist Bookstore News

‘This insightful, eclectic and often witty Outline explores lang’s career and life to date, placing her in the context of the social and political times that have influenced both author and subject.’                   New Beginnings