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Gordon Gano

Run Bambi Run 

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In a story ripped from the headlines—that proves the truth is indeed stranger than fiction—Laurie “Bambi” Bembeneck goes from Milwaukee Police Department cop to Playboy Bunny to finding herself on trial for a murder she didn’t commit. Or did she? Fueled with punk-rock songs from the lead singer of The Violent Femmes comes a rollicking local story that took the nation by storm. You’ll find yourself cheering along as the fierce and resilient Laurie fights for truth and justice on a journey you have to see to believe. As Laurie says, “The deeper you bury me, the louder I’ll shout.”

With his band the Violent Femmes, Gordon Gano helped define post-punk's nerdy cool face of the 1980s and '90s while also crafting himself into one of modern rock's finest singer/songwriters. Gordon James Gano was born to a Baptist minister father and a musical mother on June 6, 1963. He was one of eight children and spent his early childhood singing with his family. When Gano's family moved to Milwaukee, during his sixth grade year, he started playing guitar and writing songs. Gano met Brian Ritchie while he was still in high school. The two immediately clicked and began making music. A rebellious side came out and Gano used it to shape the quirky, cool sounds of the Violent Femmes.

Gano spent the next two decades with the band. The Violent Femmes' self-titled debut album was the first album to achieve platinum status in America without ever making the charts. Songs like "Blister in the Sun," "Add It Up," and "Kiss Off" became cult classics.  In 1986, Gano took some time off from the Violent Femmes and joined the gospel group the Mercy Seat, which followed into the next decade as well as musical scores and soundtrack cuts.

In 2002, Gano returned with his first-ever solo album, Hitting the Ground. A second solo project, Under the Sun, appeared in 2009 from Yep Roc Records.