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I, Bificus

In this memoir, Bif Naked tells the story of her lifelong love affair with punk rock.

Bif Naked

Bif Naked was born in secret to a teenager living in India, the product of a Canadian girl and a British boy. She was rejected by both families, hidden away in a mental hospital and adopted by missionaries and then moved to North America. She began what she recalls with ironic humour as a "charmed life." Targeted by girl gangs and facing other abusive situations, she escaped this early life by joining a punk rock band and leaving on tour, where she married the drummer and hit a downward spiral that found her on the floor of a Vancouver drug den.

Through it all, her creative personality and unstoppable humour were her weapons of self-defence. Bif showcased her life's journey in tattoo ink across her body and, with her unique ability to transform her true life stories into song lyrics, she found her voice as a solo artist, started her own record company and at 23 years-old became an international recording artist. Throughout her remarkable career, armed with her singular talent and instantly identifiable look, Bif would captivate the imagination of audiences and media alike, releasing nine albums and 21 videos. She embarked on seemingly endless international tours, several feature films and multiple television roles, only to be struck down with breast cancer at the age of 37. Bif would discover her passion for advocacy, as a triumphant survivor and someone who helps others first. This is Bif Naked's story so far. (From HarperCollins)

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From the book

Nothing ever matches one's pride in one's heritage. I should know. I am a proud Canadian.

I am an Indian-born, born-abroad Canadian (or like I enjoy saying, "I was born a broad"). I have been these two things for as long as my memory goes back. I learned my patriotism from my father - or at the very least, how to brag about it. He was an American who gave up his citizenship to become Canadian. My mother never did, and remained a Minnesota girl.

Shireen, my sister, was Indian, and because Heather was my parents' "natural" child, she was American. I was the lone Canadian in the family. My parents made a point my entire life of introducing me as this, and I have self-identified as a Canadian every single day I have been alive. I can't imagine being anything else, no matter where I live.


From I, Bificus by Bif Naked ©2016. Published by HarperCollins.

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Bif Naked has a new memoir, 'I, Bificus,' where she shares stories about becoming a punk rocker, surviving cancer and falling in love again. 17:29

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