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Queens Of Noise: The Real Story Of The Runaways Book Interview With Evelyn McDonnell

Posted by on Sep.10, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments


The Runaways book Queens of noise

In 1975, Joan Larkin took a bus to Huntington Beach to meet with Sandy West.  Two kids jamming in a suburban Southern California rec room, didn’t seem unusual, but what was about to happen would become a transformational moment in music history. It was the beginning of The Runaways.  And in four short years, it would all be over.

Evelyn McDonnell tells the complete story of The Runaways for the first time in her new book Queens of Noise: The Real Story of The Runaways.  Four years in the making, the book was at times difficult to put together as the story of the band continues to be one of urban legends and myths that beg to be dispelled.  But, the lingering history and musical contributions of the band are undeniable.  As Joan Jett said, “There’s historians who come and say , ‘Well, this band did exist before you.’ And I’d say you’re right, but they didn’t do what we did.  I’m talking about playing sweaty, crotch-grabbing rock ‘n; roll the way the boys do.”

In this interview we talk about the always controversial Kim Fowley, whether the band were feminists and if a reunion of the band is necessary or could even satisfy fans at this point.

Buy Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways. Read Evelyn’s blog. Read an excerpt from the book.

Rock Book Show Interview–Sean Yseult “I’m In The Band: Backstage Notes From The Chick In White Zombie”

Posted by on Aug.04, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

Sean Yseult is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. She also played bass and wrote music in White Zombie from 1985-1996.  Formed in NYC while students as Parsons, Sean became the only woman in metal at the time.

Luckily,  Sean has been documenting her life in life, saving many momentos along the way. Her incredible journey has been put together in this book… part memoir, part scrapbook  and part backstage pass.

In this interview we talk about her early life as a “baby belle”, touring the world on a shoestring and then as a superstar, her special bond with Dimebag Darrell (including information on a previously unreleased song they did together late one night), and two guys that changed her life forever…Beavis and Butthead.

Find Sean on Facebook here. Check out her website and learn more about Rock City Morgue here and find Star & Dagger here.(Look for a Star & Dagger record this Fall)  You can also buy some of Sean’s gorgeous designs  here.    And special thanks to City Winery for providing our stunning location.

Buy the book.