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The Runaways

The Runaways were an American all-girl teenage rock band that performed in the 1970s. The band is best known for the songs “Cherry Bomb”, “Queens of Noise”, “Rock n Roll”, “Neon Angels (On the Road to Ruin)”, and “Born to Be Bad”. The career of the band was short (1975–1979).

Despite the short term nature of their existance they were highly influential in opening the door for the subsequent procession of female musicians who wanted to write, play live and be taken seriously.

Next year sees the arrival of a biography movie based on the 1970s all-girl rock band.

The film was written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, and stars Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie, Stella Maeve as Sandy West, Scout Taylor-Compton as Lita Ford, and Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley. Alia Shawkat plays the band’s bassist, a fictional character named Robin.

The film is loosely based on lead-singer Cherie Currie’s 1989 autobiography Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story which details her fractured childhood, the group’s meteoric rise to fame, and her subsequent battle and recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

The film covers the formation of the band through to Cherie’s departure at the peak of their success.

Former lead guitarist Lita Ford and former bassist Jackie Fox were not involved in the making of the film.

The film will have its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on January 24th, and be released in select North American theatres on March 19, 2010.

Here is the trailer.

For more information on The Runaways click HERE

“Cherry Bomb” – The Runaways

“Queens Of Noise” – The Runaways

“American Nights” – The Runaways

“School Days” – The Runaways

To buy the music of The Runaways click HERE

This clip is from 1977 just around the time I saw them at the Glasgow Apollo albeit after Cherie Currie had left

Finally some archive footage shot in their biggest market Japan

December 29, 2009 - Posted by | Movies, Old Music, Video |


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  4. There’s a reason they were more famous in Japan then the U.S…….they suck!

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