From the song “Born to Be Bad” by the Runaways:
I called my mother from hollywood the other day
And I said “mom, I just called to tell ya I joined a rock and roll band
And I won’t be coming home no more”
You know what she did?
She started crying and weeping and wimpering like all mothers do
She woke up my father and told him about it and he said
“there ain’t a damn thing we can do, thats the way she is
She was just born to be bad”
Exciting news: The Runaways are coming to the bigscreen in a movie called “Neon Angels”. The film will explore the career of the 70s all girl-teen band, The Runaways… including the ups, the downs, and the highs and falls….
“The Linsons (producers Art & John Linson) secured music rights and deals that allow them to tell the stories of members Joan Jett, Cherie Currie and the late Sandy West. An unpublished memoir written by lead singer Curie will be used as a resource for a drama that intends to bare all the drugs, sex and heartache experienced by girls who struggled to be viewed as musicians, not sex kittens with guitars.”
Anyone else excited?
Joan Jett will be the executive producer of the film. The director is Floria Sigismondi, who has directed music videos for artists such as David Bowie and Marilyn Manson.
This year is looking good for a re-discovery of the pioneering women in rock. Only two days ago, three of the four original Fanny members re-grouped to perform and receive the ROCKRGRL Women of Valor Award at Berklee College of Music!
I have been thinking a lot about my own interest in women in rock and I believe that once women also are recognized as key players of any given time period, women will stop being the ‘other’ in the rock world. And based on the current trend I think we may be getting somewhere. But ’till then, you have me. 😉