KXLU Hacks Faculty Pub Night: Queens of Noise
What do LMU faculty do after class? Students, staff, and other faculty alike are invited to find out at Faculty Pub Night.
The final Pub Night of Spring 2014 -- in a special evening cosponsored by KXLU -- features Evelyn McDonnell, Assistant Professor of Journalism and New Media in the LMU English Department.
Professor McDonnell will be discussing her critically acclaimed book Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways.
Parts of The Runaways’s story are well known. The girl-punk answer to Led Zeppelin and the first of its kind, this raw all-girl, all-teenage rock band took its passionate, aggressive, libidinal rock music from starter stages in Los Angeles all the way to Japan over its four fast years of fame. But even though Joan Jett and Lita Ford would go on to have successful solo careers, The Runaways’s success fizzled out like a dud cherry bomb in the wake of narcotic abuse, clashing egos, and the dog-eat-dog undercurrents of Hollywood stardom.
But there are parts of the band’s brief stage-life that haven’t been given much attention. Despite the girls’ tough and sexy stage presence, they were still just that: girls. Sandy had to get a ride from friends to the Sunset Strip because she was not old enough to drive. Joan sang along to her favorite records in her bedroom but was “painfully shy” in public. And when the group went on tour, Cherie cried, homesick. But their innocence wasn’t meant to last. Queens of Noise is a cautionary tale of what can happen to girls on the cusp of womanhood who dare to put themselves in alluring but dangerous positions.
"Scrupulously researched...McDonnell has done her legwork...[and] rightly rehabilitated a pioneering band's reputation." -New York Times Book Review
"Through meticulous research and a stylistic approach that swings between academic and aggressively candid, McDonnell gives these pioneering girls the third dimension they deserve...By treating each of the musicians as an individual finding her place in a rapidly changing world, Queens of Noise provides a multilayered consideration of the Runaways, who 'could play like the boys, without once pretending they weren't girls.'" -Los Angeles Times
"[T]he Runaways' legacy as trailblazers who opened the doors for other female artists is assured. Queens of Noise is the definitive account of their pioneering career." -Seattle Times
All Pub Nights are free and open to the public. Pub refreshments and snacks will be served, KXLU DJs will be doing their thing, and copies of Queens of Noise will be available for sale and signing.
The Pub Night will be followed with a concert down on the bluff next to the library, featuring Upset, an awesome all girl supergroup featuring Patty Schemel from Hole, Ali Koehler from Vivian Girls, and Jenn Price from La Sera.
Please RSVP below, or call 310-258-4648.