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Peggy-Sue, singer/artist/author/performer. Peggy-Sue Svensson born in a trailer park, Ireland on March 9, 1973. Peggy-Sue’s mother: Barbara Svensson, waitress, actress. Father: Timmy Oasley (unknown to Peggy-Sue’s mother). Peggy-Sue’s parents met in a closet between two of Barbara Svenssons acts. Peggy-Sue attended a Catholic girls’ school: St. Martin’s Convent School, Donfanaghy, 1977. Peggy-Sue, with Peggy-Sue’s mother relocated to Sweden 1980. Peggy-Sue, with Peggy-Sue’s mother visited Graceland, 1985. Peggy-Sue, when sixteen years old, toured Irish pubs with Peggy-Sue’s mother. Peggy-Sue’s mother never came back from the Ladies room and was declared as missing person, 1989. Peggy-Sue, when seventeen years old, met uncle Tomas who arranged a phone call with Peggy-Sue’s father in Tennessee, USA. Peggy-Sue and Peggy-Sue’s father met up in Tygelsjo, Sweden. Peggy-Sue’s father became Peggy-Sue’s manager, 1993. Peggy-Sue performed at local bars and pizza restaurants. Peggy-Sue appeared in magazine Hemmets Veckotidning, 1994. Peggy-Sue sacked Peggy-Sue’s father, 1994. Peggy-Sue worked as waitress, 1995. Peggy-Sue married and divorced Bud Hanson, 1995. Peggy-Sue survived a major car accident and decided to never re-marry, 1996. Peggy-Sue had an affair with Dick Drake in 1997. Peggy-Sue declared she was straight in Art Forum, 1998. Peggy-Sue performed with Larry Hagman’s brother in law, 1999. Peggy-Sue recorded “Heartsong”, 2000. Peggy-Sue attended art classes in 2000. Peggy-Sue made an inteview with Ola Salo in The Ark, broadcasted in Copenhagen, 2000. Peggy-Sue performed at Oslo Konsthall, Mogadishni and Sculptura, 2001.Peggy-Sue visited DollyWood, Nashville, Graceland, 2002. Peggy-Sue performed with Brenda-Lee and Sherry-Lynn at the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennesse, 2002. Peggy-Sue wrote “My First Cook Book”, exhibited her paintings, performed at Konsthallen, Malmo, 2003.
1.What is your most vivid childhood memory?
Well, I can’t think of anyone more vivid than the other. I’ll tell you something anyway. We had this photo album at home. It had a picture of my mom holding me in her arms. I must have been newly born and mom was holding my little hand in hers. She was also holding one of those cotton sticks in her hand. You now the ones you pick your ears with even though you shouldn’t. Well I didn’t know what they were called those cotton sticks and still don’t. Every time I wanted one of those sticks I asked mom if I could have one , the same one as on that picture. She never understood. Eventually I showed her the picture and said, ”look, one of those”. Then she said that it wasn’t a cotton stick in her hands, it was my little baby finger. I was so disappointed. I felt as if she had erased an important moment in my life story. I never asked mom for a cotton stick after that. Maybe that’s why I don’t know the name of them still. And so much for true memories.
2. Which adult that you remember from childhood (except a family member) have
had the strongest impact on you?
I remember one man at one of mom’s parties. He sat down and taught me how to count. I remember that I felt really important and smart and I was amazed that he took the time to talk to me. No one had done that before it seemed to me. So he taught me that I was worth spending time with. His name was Colin and he loved kids. The rest are Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton and Shakin Stevens. And Jane Fonda in a western film I used to watch, now and again.
3. What is your favorite color, and why?
For me this is a simple question to answer. PINK is my favorite color. Why? It is a very strong color, not easy to ignore, In a way there is nothing natural about pink. It’s plastic and artificial and in that sense I agree that pink represents love. Love isn’t natural to me. I am not natural and to be a woman is not natural. Pink is the color that represents me. I do believe that I am a perfect artifact and what I have to offer is perfect.
4. What movie have you seen most times, and why?
“The Scarlet Pimpernel” with Anthony Andrews made in the eighties I think. I’ve seen it twice a year since I was a kid. He’s so sexy. And he works under disguise. Have you seen it?
5. What book blew your mind when you first read it?
The sex scenes on page 83 in Erica Young's ”Fanny Hill Hackabout Jones” really amazed me. I was 12. The book was hidden under mom’s bunk bed. Further I've read about 69 Harlequin novels and 23 Barbara Cartland. They all seem the same book to me and it blew my mind when I realized how I was supposed to relate to my sexuality as a woman according to the text. What a bloody impact, man. Read the book. That insight had informed my artistic vision.
6. What did you learn from your trip to America?
Politically I learnt not to believe in CNN and that people living in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee around the age of 80 went to a desert to build a bomb fifty years ago. I also learnt about the importance in shaving my armpits and using roll-on. Further I understood that straight guys had sexual pleasure in going to drag shows cause there aren’t any striptease clubs in Nashville.
7. What do you see as the greatest sacrifice?
Oahu…. Sacrifice is something good or what? Like something saints do? Or is sacrifice the thing in life you should try to avoid? Uuuhh…I wouldn’t sacrifice me. That would be the greatest bad to do. But as you say ”greatest” you might mean it’s something good about it. In that case the greatest sacrifice I would do is give you my time.
8. What is the most important quality in a person?
Distance. Hey, give yourself a chance, and the rest of the world to. This is a very serious aspect.
9. Is there a meaning in everything that happens?
I find that an interesting one. I’m kinda a homemade philosopher and I kinda figured that cause everybody’s interpretation about thing differ there’s got to be different meanings about things. I’m completely too independent and too much brought up as a catholic to think that life falls into a meaningful pattern. The good thing about had been a catholic child is that it gives you a load of skepticism.. So we all create our meaning of things. And sometimes we forget to, or we make up the wrong story and life sucks until we make the crooked line straight.
10. Have the Jantelaw had any effect on you?
Well the jantelaw has made me realize something’s. For example it wasn’t until I heard of it at the age of 8 that I realized that it wasn’t my fault that I was a quiet shy girl standing back stage. It was the fault of others: their strange gaze and their silence as I spoke up occasionally. That in turn made me set up a strategy; I was going to wait until I was grown up and then I’d bark their heads in. My only problem now is that I don’t know when I’m going to grow up. Besides the Jantelaw has created a climate in Swedish society Swedes call the big brother syndrome. I am not referring to ”reality” TV. Big brother will take care of you and big brother only understands straight lines and obedience. The conception of ”allowance” is secured in the minds of Big brother society. I realized that when sharing my insight that ”Hey, you know what? I’m allowed to do whatever I want with my art. Groovy.” She looked at me and said ”What do you mean, whose there to not allow you?” She didn’t get it. She was not from my backyard. My wild guess is that in another kind of social system allowance has another meaning.