Cherie and Kim

Cherie Currie posted this on her Facebook page last night:

Life is ironic. Kim Fowley was moved into my home a week ago Friday. I have been a 24/7 caregiver for him. Funny, I have not been a fan of this man for decades but time is the great equalizer. It has been an honor to be there for him. He is ill so please send prayers to him. He is as brilliant now as he has ever been. Caring for him keeps me from FB. Know I love you all and please send positive thoughts his way.

Kim has been sick for several years now, but apparently his condition is dire. Every time I interviewed him for Queens of Noise, he was furious at Cherie for her depiction of him in her book. But last year they made up and began working together again, and now, she is taking care of the man who for decades she hated. This is a sad story, but also a redemptive one. I wish them both strength and peace and healing.

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Bomb the Galaxy

I finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy last night (remember; I spent the summer in the woods, a good hour’s drive from any movie theater). It’s a solid little family film, with a smart script, funny characters, sublimely ridiculous sci-fi special effects and shoot-‘em-up action, and of course, a rocking soundtrack. A mix tape given by a dying mother to her son drives the narrative and the beat; I wonder how many parents had to explain to their children what a Walkman and a cassette tape are.

The Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb” provides the soundtrack for one pivotal scene in the movie, the song earning its rightful place as a savior of the universe. I hope songwriters Kim Fowley and Joan Jett are getting some nice payout on this product placement — and that a new generation of kids find themselves dancing to the Queens of Noise.

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Allison and Alice Bury You

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Allison Wolfe and Alice Bag. Photo by Tim Maxeiner.

There’s nothing like seeing two of your heroes on stage together to get you back into city living. On Saturday, August 16, original LA punk Alice Bag joined original grrrl Allison Wolfe and her band Sex Stains for a tear through the Bags song “We Will Bury You” at the Echo Park Rising festival. After watching a number of sui generis alt-rock bands plod through their Arcade Fire and Pixies routines, it was so refreshing to see two front women whose kinetic energy lifted them off the stage. Note that only one foot out of four is on the ground in this great photograph by Tim Maxeiner.

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Sex Stains. Photo by Tim Maxeiner

It’s been way too many years since I’d seen Allison perform in a band, though she has spoken to my students at LMU a few times — she’s an inspiration to a new generation of fearless musicians. Wearing a paper shark dress that I think she told me Kathleen Hanna gave her, the erstwhile Bratmobiler still pogos with that manic cheerleader energy, ponytail flying. She has a fascinating foil in androgynous co-singer Mecca Vazie Andrews. Sex Stains reminded me a lot of the Slits, and made me miss dear Ari all over again.

 
It was a great way to get back in my groove, after two months of being off the grid in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Sorry for my radio silence. Stay tuned.

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Joan Jett: Icon

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Kathleen Hanna Gets Bitch(y)

I subscribed, even before I read this letter. I’ve read Bitch since their first issue. The Punk Singer is right; they’re that important.

Read an Important Letter From Kathleen Hanna | Bitch Media.

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Awesome Art Auction!

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Egg by Laurie Steelink

Tomorrow night, May 16, at the vintage and art store House in San Pedro, some incredible pieces of art will go up for silent auction — and probably be acquired for a steal. Some of the area’s top local artists have contributed unique pieces for the fundraiser for the Point Fermin Marine Science Elementary School PTO and the school’s centennial mosaic by Julie Bender. Among the dozens of items up for bid are ceramic eggs decorated by folks including WS Milner, Laurie Steelink, Larry Lubow, Douglas Morrison, Bud Shankle, and more. There will also be a ceramic vase by 5th grade teacher Kerrie Lloyd, a Flexible Flyer red tricycle, a vintage children’s desk, a bird cage in the shape of a Victorian house, books, film festival passes, cosmetics, accessories, and more. Attendees can also buy a piece of Point Fermin history by sponsoring a tile in the mosaic. Refreshments will be served, and there will be art supplies for kids to play with. From 5 to 8 p.m., with bids closing at 7, at 1002 Pacific Avenue.House Party flyer 3

 

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The Old Gray Man

Let’s call it what it is: The Old Gray Man. I don’t know Jill Abramson, and I know this is a complicated story, but I loved her appearance in the bromance Page One: Inside the New York Times, and I know several women who have prospered at the paper during her reign. Dean Baquet seems like a standup guy too, but still, between this and presidential politics, it’s clear to me that America is ready to deal with its racism before it will address its sexism.

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