Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Runaways

After stumbling across the trailer for soon-to-be-released film The Runaways, a biopic based on the 1970s all-girl rock band of the same name, I couldn’t help but want to learn more about this potentially lesser known band that propelled Joan Jett into the spotlight. While they were only together for four years (1975-1979), they made an impression on the female music scene that continues to be acknowledged by contemporary musicians today. Even though all the members were only 16 or 17 when the group started, they achieved mainstream success with hits like “Cherry Bomb” and “Queens of Noise.” VH1’s inclusion of “Cherry Bomb” on their 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs includes a brief introduction to The Runaways, found here. As someone who has never quite given up on becoming a famous singer (perhaps unrealistic, but it’s my dream) I was inspired by the impact that this young group of female singers had on the music world. The film The Runaways is due out Friday, April 9 and I personally am not afraid to admit I’m probably going to dish out some cash to view it in an attempt to be inspired enough to start my own all-girl band.

For more information on The Runaways, check here.

Want to catch some inspiring live music that benefits a great cause? Come to WRC's Rock Against Rape, a concert that benefits the local domestic violence and sexual assault shelter (Safe Passage), TODAY! Details are as follows:

Thursday, April 8
6 p.m.
The House Cafe, 263 Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL

Cost: ONLY $5 (all proceeds go to Safe Passage)
Bands: Sleeping Under 47, Sweet Lucy, Jenny Franck, Eat Your Heart Out, Wienerslav, Emanuel Vinson, and Lyrick

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