Decades before Caitlyn Jenner arrived on the scene, Wayne County became Jayne County and could arguably be poster boy/girl for the whole transgender movement.
Wayne County moved to New York in 1968, and shortly thereafter became Jayne County. She was a fixture in the downtown Andy Warhol/Max’s Kansas City scene, appearing in Jackie Curtis’ “Femme Fatale” play at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. The play also featured a then unknown Patti Smith. After that she became involved in the whole New York City punk movement and formed the band, “Queen Elizabeth.” Later she had another band, Jayne County and The Electric Chairs.
I interviewed Jayne for the winter, 1996 issue of fishwrap, which was our first glossy, 48 page issue. Up to this point, fishwrap had been a black and white, 12 page fanzine. This was our “Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine” issue and Jayne discusses her thoughts on rock ‘n’ roll, Bob Dole, Brad Pitt and her extreme hatred of David Bowie in the interview. Enjoy!