Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways

Hardcover | July 9, 2013

byEvelyn McDonnell

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In four years the teenage members of the Runaways did what no other group of female rock musicians before them could: they released four albums for a major label and toured the world. The Runaways busted down doors for every girl band that followed. Joan Jett, Sandy West, Cherrie Currie, lead guitarist Lita Ford, and bassists Jackie Fox and Vicky Blue were pre-punk bandits, fostering revolution girl style decades before that became a riot grrrl catchphrase.

The story of the Runaways has never been told in its entirety. Drawing on interviews with most of this seminal rock band's former members as well as controversial manager Kim Fowley, Queens of Noise will look beyond the lurid voyeuristic appeal of a sex-drugs-rock 'n' roll saga to give the band its place in musical, feminist, and cultural history.

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In four years the teenage members of the Runaways did what no other group of female rock musicians before them could: they released four albums for a major label and toured the world. The Runaways busted down doors for every girl band that followed. Joan Jett, Sandy West, Cherrie Currie, lead guitarist Lita Ford, and bassists Jackie Fo...

Evelyn McDonnell, author or co-editor of five books, has been a pop music critic for the Miami Herald and a senior editor at the Village Voice. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.25 inPublished:July 9, 2013Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306820390

ISBN - 13:9780306820397

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“An even-handed look at the band, and those surrounding them[McDonnell] objectively covers the group, warts and all, and does an incredible job of balancing everyone's interpretations of the band's brief but often contentious life.”My Big Honkin Blog, 8/18/13 “The sad yet triumphant tale of a handful of California girls who were thrust together to form the at the time revolutionary all-girl band The Runaways.Author Evelyn McDonnell finally tells the band's story in rich detail and accounts for all perspectives in this oft-disputed tale.”Los Angeles Review of Books, 9/1/13 “Gives this all-girl hard-rock group, the first to sign a multiyear major record label deal and tour the world, the recognition and serious consideration as pioneers that they deserve, granting them a position in cultural, social, and feminist history. Through extensive interviews and research, McDonnellprovides a panoramic scale, sense, and dignity to a complicated and emotion-filled saga that still divides the key players and band members, replete with ongoing lawsuits and deeply entrenched resentmentsMcDonnell's writing is straightforward, and her passion comes through in an enticing hybrid of music fandom and academia.”January Magazine, 9/7/13