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As we have written when appropriate, our first career was in the rock and roll radio business. It started in college (which usually doesn't count) and continued professionally in network and syndication work. Strangely enough we distinctly remember our local publicist walking in to the station with the very first Runaways album and can give you an exact quote as to his pitch. We won't because this is a family friendly site and pitching an album made by sixteen year old girls to a seventeen year old college DJ . . . well, you imagine what one guy said to another.
Into the 1970s the only hard rockin' female that we could think of may have been Suzi Quattro whose' album came out somewhere around the same time as the debut of the hard-rockin jailbait band The Runaways,
lead singer Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) and guitarist and songwriter Joan Jett (Kristen ); fictionalized composite bassist Robin Robbins (Alia Shawkat) [in reality Jett, who controls the Runaways trademark with her partner Kenny Laguna, and original band bassist Jackie Fox are bitter legal enemies over said mark.
a role shared by founder Micki Steele and later Peggy Foster, Jackie Fox, [jett] Vicki Blue and Laurie McAllister]
Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon) virtually invisible guitarist Lita Ford (Scout Taylor-Compton) drummer Sandy West (Stella Maeve) Cheri's twin Marie Currie (Riley Keough) and Marie Harmon (Tatum O'Neal) as the Currie twins' mom, who flies off to Indonesia sans daughters early in the film and Brett Cullen as their alcoholic dad
On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to The Runaways, he would have paid . . .
kicker Rodney Bingenheimer club Pup 'n' Fries
The focus is on three dynamic personalities: wild child Cherie Currie (Fanning), the lead singer; androgynous ringleader Joan Jett on electric guitar; and the band's Svengali, Kim Fowley (Shannon), a record impresario whose attire reads neither male nor female.
After few weeks of rehearsal in a San Fernando Valley trailer -- Kim has to write the group's first single "Cherry Bomb" on the spot for Cherie's audition -- the group, already snorting and drinking all sorts of intoxicants, hits the road. Somewhere around Cleveland, a record deal is signed. The Runaways are a hit and, next thing you know, are getting high on sake and coke in Tokyo.
drummer Sandy West died from lung cancer in 2006. Cherie Currie is now an artist, sculpting with a chainsaw (!) though she is under solo contract with Jett's Blackheart Records. Joan Jett is still on the road (and probably wil be until the day she dies). Lita Ford is married with two kids. She last released an album at the end of 2009
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