Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways by Evelyn McDonnell

Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways

byEvelyn McDonnell

Hardcover | July 9, 2013

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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.

About The Author

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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Title:Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the RunawaysFormat: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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“This is a girl's story. A woman's story. And the influence this bouquet of teenagers would have on the music scene is perhaps still being calculated.”Under the Radar (website), 9/17/13 “An essential read.”JSItop21.com, December 2013“A vivid must-read part of music's evolution.”Waterbury Sunday Republican, 12/15/2013“An astonishing story of Roman candle-like durationthe book is a wild and wooly rompNo question that [The Runaways'] story is exciting and unique and McDonnell tells it well.”Portland Book Review, 2/5/14“Crisp, self-aware, and interestingParticularly of note is the analysis McDonnell offers as she thoroughly explores the curious circumstances that stunted the Runaways' lasting success.”Curled up with a Good Book. 2/9/14“McDonnellpulls no punches in describing drug use, in-fighting, and the alternate lifestyles many of the girls were following[Queens of Noise] pulls back the curtains on the façade that, seen from the outside, being in a rock and roll band would be the coolest gig in the world. But when the terrible underbelly is exposed, you realize how easily that dream disappears.”