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Be Clear, Grace Jones Is The Prototype For The Beyonces, Rihannas And Madonnas We Idolize

Grace Jones uses her new autobiography 'I'll Never Write My Memoirs' to set the record straight on who the OG pop culture icon is.

Beyonce may, hands down, be your favorite icon. Or maybe Rihanna. Or maybe Madonna. But Grace Jones wants you to know that before they dominated pop culture with the simple raise of a mic, there was her.

In Jones' forthcoming autobiography I'll Never Write My Memoirs, which she cowrote with  Paul Morley, she opens up about how she feels about people comparing some of today's biggest pop stars to her. In an exclusive Time Out London excerpt from the book, she writes:

Trends come along and people say, ‘Follow that trend’. There’s a lot of that around at the moment: ‘Be like Sasha Fierce. Be like Miley Cyrus. Be like Rihanna. Be like Lady Gaga. Be like Rita Ora and Sia. Be like Madonna.’ I cannot be like them – except to the extent that they are already being like me. I have been so copied by those people who have made fortunes that people assume I am that rich. But I did things for the excitement, the dare, the fact that it was new, not for the money, and too many times I was the first, not the beneficiary.

After that, she goes at length to describe a moment when one of her modern day offspring reached back to work with her and channel her quirks. Let's just say Ms. Jones wasn't all the way into it:

I remember when one of the singers on the list of those who came after me first said that she wanted to work with me. Everyone around me is going: ‘You have to do it, it will be so good for you, it will introduce you to a whole new audience, you will make a lot of money’. No! It will be good for her; she will draw from everything I have built and add it to her brand, and I will get nothing back except for a little temporary attention. No one could believe that I said no, but I am okay on my own. I am okay not worrying about a new audience. If the fuck don’t feel right, don’t fuck it.

With this one, who I will call Doris, I thought she was trying on other people’s outfits: she’s a baby in a closet full of other people’s clothes, a little girl playing dress-up, putting on shoes that don’t fit. I could see what she wanted to be when I watched her doing something when she started out that was starker and purer. Deep down, she doesn’t want to do all the dressing-up nonsense; she loses herself inside all the play-acting.

…They dress up as though they are challenging the status quo, but by now, wearing those clothes, pulling those faces, revealing those tattoos and breasts, singing to those fractured, spastic, melting beats – that is the status quo. You are not off the beaten track, pushing through the thorny undergrowth, finding treasure no one has come across before. You are in the middle of the road. You are really in Vegas wearing the sparkly full-length gown singing to people who are paying to see you but are not really paying attention. If that is what you want, fine, but it’s a road to nowhere.

In case any of that went over heads, she spelled out in clear terms who the teacher is and who the pupils are when it comes to the pop stars we stamp as idols:

I am just a singer, on one sort of stage or another, who likes to have an audience, but not all the time. Listen to my advice; I have some experience. In a way, it is me being a teacher, which is what I wanted to be. I still feel I could go into teaching. What is teaching but passing on your knowledge to those who are at the beginning? Some people are born with that gift. With me, the teaching side morphed into the performing side. It’s in there. And these are my pupils – Gaga, Madonna, Annie Lennox, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Miley, Kanye West, FKA Twigs and… Doris.

I'll Never Write My Memoirs is out via Simon & Schuster on Sept. 24. Pre-order the book here.

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