Author Series with Evelyn McDonnell, author of Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways

Saturday, January 25: 1 p.m.

THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY.  TO SIGN UP FOR THE WAITING LIST, PLEASE VISIT TICKETS.ROCKHALL.COM

WHERE:   Library Reading Room, Rock Hall’s Library and Archives (2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland)

TO RSVP:   This event is FREE with a reservation through the Rock Hall website at https://tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall Box Office.  Seating is limited.  Rock Hall Members can RSVP starting at 10amEST on Monday, January 13.  Non-Rock Hall members can RSVP starting at 10amEST on Tuesday, January 14.  

ABOUT THE BOOK:  

 In Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways, author Evelyn McDonnell puts the spotlight on every key player in The Runaways’s saga, including eccentric manager Kim Fowley, who catapulted the starstruck teens into an industry dominated by men and steeped in manipulation and debauchery. In a narrative that ducks below mud-slinging and digs deeper than the drugs, sex, and sensational tragedies, McDonnell gives The Runaways the chance to own its place in musical, feminist, and cultural history. Queens of Noise reveals the inspirations and collective insecurity of this groundbreaking band as it shredded guitar riffs and moaned into microphones, rebelling against the gender norms that threatened to hold it back. 

Featuring exclusive interviews with the surviving former bandmates, former manager Kim Fowley, as well as family members, peers, producers, journalists, colleagues, and others, McDonnell opens The Runaways’s closet of skeletons. She reports on the little-known reality behind the raucous post-glam punk phenomenon—beyond the short-lived rock star triumph portrayed in grainy vintage video footage.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Evelyn McDonnell is the author and co-editor of five books, including Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids and Rock ‘n’ Roll. She has worked as a pop music critic for the Miami Herald and as senior editor for the Village Voice. She’s won several awards including an Annenberg Fellowship at USC and first place for enterprise by the South Florida Black Journalists Association. She is currently a journalism professor at Loyola Marymount University and lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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