John Bechdel

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John Bechdel
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John Bechdel at Toronto during Ministry Tour, May 2008.
Background information
Birth nameJohn Bechdel
Also known asJB
Born (1964-08-23) August 23, 1964 (age 54)
Genres Industrial rock [1]
Instruments Keyboards, guitar
Years active1990–present
Labels Sanctuary, 13th Planet
Associated acts Ministry, Fear Factory, Static-X, Ascension of the Watchers, Killing Joke, Prong

John Bechdel (born August 23, 1964) is an American keyboardist, and has been a part of bands such as Ministry, [2] Fear Factory, Abstinence, Prong, Killing Joke, Murder, Inc. and Brian Brain. He has since worked with False Icons and Ascension of the Watchers. [3]

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Ministry (band) American industrial metal band

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Bechdel's sister is cartoonist and author Alison Bechdel; John Bechdel is mentioned in her memoir Fun Home [4] and is a major character in its stage musical adaptation. [5]

Alison Bechdel American cartoonist, author

Alison Bechdel is an American cartoonist. Originally best known for the long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, she came to critical and commercial success in 2006 with her graphic memoir Fun Home, which was subsequently adapted as a musical and won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2015. In 2012, she released her second graphic memoir Are You My Mother? She's a 2014 recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award. She is also known for the Bechdel test.

<i>Fun Home</i> book

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is a 2006 graphic memoir by the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, author of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. It chronicles the author's childhood and youth in rural Pennsylvania, United States, focusing on her complex relationship with her father. The book addresses themes of sexual orientation, gender roles, suicide, emotional abuse, dysfunctional family life, and the role of literature in understanding oneself and one's family. Writing and illustrating Fun Home took seven years, in part because of Bechdel's laborious artistic process, which includes photographing herself in poses for each human figure.

<i>Fun Home</i> (musical) musical

Fun Home is a musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. The story concerns Bechdel's discovery of her own sexuality, her relationship with her gay father, and her attempts to unlock the mysteries surrounding his life. It is the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist. It is told in a series of non-linear vignettes connected by narration provided by the adult Alison character.

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  1. Raggett, Ned. "God Complex – False Icons". AllMusic . Retrieved May 1, 2018. John Bechdel's longtime work as an industrial-rock journeyman wasn't necessarily going to inevitably lead to his own band being formed, but it's no surprise that he did go that route, forming False Icons in 2002 and releasing its debut album in 2008.
  2. "An Interview with John Bechdel of Ministry". (in Hungarian). Archived from the original on 2007-09-27.
  3. "An Interview with John Bechdel". Lollipop. No. 66.
  4. Bechdel, Alison (2006). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. New York: Houghton Mifflin. p. 36. ISBN   0-618-47794-2.
  5. Sommer, Elyse (2013-10-13). "A CurtainUp Review: Fun Home". CurtainUp. Retrieved 2014-08-11.