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Living Like a Runaway
Runaways guitarist kisses and tells deadly
Music Story  June 16, 2016, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Hollywood's Runaways, b. 1975 – Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, Sandy West, and Jackie Fox – trysted punk's raw DIY ethos with metal's leather-bearing power chords into a "Cherry Bomb" heard 'round the music sphere..."

Playback: Spotify Gifts Kealing Middle School
After the SXSW carnival leaves town, Kealing Middle School will have something to show for it – thanks to Spotify
Music Column  February 25, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Stretford's Carl Sephton needs your help. The 51-year-old leader of Austin's favorite Brit-punk band, a Buzzcocks-influenced gang that were local favorites throughout the Nineties, has been physically decimated by stomach-related health problems, but hopes to turn it around with a new medical treatment regimen..."

Teenage Kicks
Writer/director Floria Sigismondi on capturing the Runaways
Screens Story  March 19, 2010, by Cindy Widner
"...To hear some tell it, the Runaways started as a joke and ended as a legend. Over the course of five years (1975-1979), five tours, and five albums, the group gave the world its first vision of an all-female rock band, a riveting spectacle of raw girl power, and "Cherry Bomb." That Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, Sandy West, and Jackie Fox (the primary lineup) were teenage girls who lived up to their wild-child image didn't hurt..."

The Runaways
A grittily femme perspective governs this otherwise conventional music saga about the Runaways, America's first all-girl rock band.
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Film Review  March 19, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve, Alia Shawcat, Scout Taylor-Compton and Riley Keough. The Runaways opens with a drop-dead perfect shot and a fittingly revolutionary battle cry, courtesy of Seventies rock icon Suzi Quatro: "All my life I've wanted to be somebody and here I am/I know what I've got, and there ain't nobody gonna take it away from me/so let me tell ya what I am!" Quatro and, by extension, the members of the Runaways – guitarist and principal songwriter Joan Jett (Stewart), troubled singer Cherie Currie (Fanning), drummer Sandy West (Maeve), lead guitarist Lita Ford (Taylor-Compton), and, in the film, a fictional composite bassist dubbed Robin (Shawcat) – are wild ones..."

Bedside Manner: Guitar & Pen
Homework vs. live music ascension
DAILY Music  June 22, 2016, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Even better, the first Stephen King novel I bought since my initial months in Texas, 2014’s Revival, was signed for me by its author at BookPeople, where Owen Meany creator John Irving also paid a visit last year. My slot in this year’s summer reading issue binds itself to BookPeople in that I read Lita Ford page-turner Living Like a Runaway because the indie book beacon asked I conduct the Q&A for her appearance there..."

My Little Red Book
Spring tours done and dusted, and spring releases mostly all spun, time to crack some sex, drugs, and R&R
Music Story  June 16, 2016


SXSW Thursday Picks & Sleepers
Thursday SXSW can't escape the blurbs!
Music Story  March 18, 2011
"...10:15pm, Emo's Jr. Go ahead and let the label – metallurgists Relapse Records – fool you about this moody Atlanta trio fronted by bassist Miny Parsonz, whose "Sleeping Witch" vox finds the sweet spot between mature Runaways Joan Jett and Lita Ford..."

Sandra Bernhard ♥ America
Sandra Bernhard returns to Austin for We're Still Queer Honey!
Features Story  June 4, 2010, by Cindy Widner
"...Most of us had a moment. It could have been when the adorably psychotic Masha in The King of Comedy had her dream date with Jerry Langford/Lewis..."

The Runaways
Reissues
Music Review  May 14, 2010, by Raoul Hernandez
"...release Live in Japan, and Waitin' for the Night, the latter three all released the following year. Leader Jett, singer Currie, Lita Ford on top guitar, and the rhythm section of Jackie Fox and Sandy West may have been labeled "jailbait," but they were productive puppets for music impresario Kim Fowley..."

The Girls of Summer
Austin's inaugural all-girls rock camp looks out after its own
Music Story  June 29, 2007, by Audra Schroeder
"..."So I devoured every girl guitarist out there. I think all five of them at that time included Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Jane Wiedlin, Nancy Wilson from Heart, and Bonnie Raitt."..."

Story Book Children
Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez duet their way into Austin's heart.
Music Story  December 20, 2002, by Margaret Moser
"...But Chip Taylor, whose songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Ike & Tina Turner, Emmylou Harris, Lita Ford, Johnny Cash, and Kermit the Frog, traveled a long, circuitous route from his Sixties songwriting heyday. So circuitous that by 1979, collecting royalty checks was as close as he came to composing...."

Fuckemos
Acts Playing South by Southwest
Music Review  March 2, 2001, by Greg Beets
"...The one song on Airshow 2000 that approaches rehabilitation is "C.U.C. Me," a synth-laden teen tragedy monster ballad that rivals Ozzy and Lita Ford's "If I Close My Eyes Forever" in terms of sheer overblown pathos..."

Texas Platters
Music Review  May 23, 1997
"...Although acts like Hagfish (AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"), Dosou (Guns 'N' Roses' "It's So Easy"), and UFOFU (Ratt's "Round and Round") think becoming the metal bands they aren't is clever, in execution, it's not. Those bands that switch things up, like Voyeur's pop/punk take on Lita Ford's "Kiss Me Deadly," and ex-Funland leader Peter Schmidt's DJ-Shadow drum looping of Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It," provide tracks that are fun once, but the only real thrills here are from the bands that probably never were metal fans to begin with and still resist or bypass the opportunity to become one now; notable is Brave Combo's blindly swingin' version of Foreigner's "Double Vision" and Cowboys and Indian's smooth, jazzy take on Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever." Not surprisingly, the album's two biggest names, the Toadies and Tripping Daisy, fare well, with the former's straight but fun reading of Thin Lizzy's "Cowboy Song" and the latter's bubblegum twist on Judas Priest's "Electric Eye." Unfortunately, they're too little, too late..."

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