Monthly Archives: December 2013

Pussy Riot Free

As the Riot girls themselves do, I question the whole politics behind this amnesty. But I’m happy they get to be with their families again — and I’m hoping they get back to making art and noise.

Nadya is free. All imprisoned Pussy Riot members have now been released..

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Rock Hall Library, Here I Come

The Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame announced this year’s inductees today: Nirvana, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates, the E Street Band, Peter Gabriel, and two 1960s managers: Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham. Not a bad bunch, but yes, once again, a lot of males — white males in particular, this year. Contrary to some reports, Ronstadt is not the only woman: I’m assuming Patti Scialfa will be inducted with the E Street Band, and I hope Soozie Tyrell will be (though she’s not mentioned on the Rock Hall’s site).

I’ll take this opportunity to announce that I too will be at the Rock Hall: giving a presentation January 25 in honor of the library’s two-year anniversary. Given that I’ve been a vocal thorn in the hall’s side in the past, it’s generous of them to invite me and I’ll be a gracious guest — while making  a case for why Suzi Quatro, the Runaways, and Joan Jett all deserve their own places at the podium one day. I’m looking forward to spending some time in the archives; they’ve been acquiring an impressive collection, and as a researcher, I’ve been dying to get my hands in it. So hit me up, Cleveland people.


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Allison Wolfe Joins Me and Exene

The extremely good news is that Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Cold Cold Hearts, Cool Moms, Original Grrrrl) has been added to the Queens of Noise bill at the Los Angeles Public Library. The bad news: The event “sold out” within hours. Still, keep checking the site for standby tickets or come early that night and hope to grab a seat.

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Jett on Guitar Center

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts perform on the Guitar Center Sesssions tonight. In an interview during the show, she admits that she was a mess after the band broke up — though she doesn\’t go into some of the sad details. For those, read the book.


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Queens of Noise ALOUD — Reserve Now!

You can now make your reservations to hear Exene Cervenka and I read at the Los Angeles Public Library January 9 at 7:15 p.m. The event is free but reservations are recommended. There will be a very special guest who we will be announcing shortly, so book your seat now!

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Notable Music Books 2013

David Chiu wrote the first article about Queens of Noise, and now he’s written the first Xmas/year-end list including it. He’s the man.

via Rock ‘n’ Read: Notable Music Books of 2013 | Brooklyn Based.

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For Your Christmas Consideration

QoN_9780306820397_sidebarWhat with early Hanukkah this year, the holiday season is already here! I’m sure you have someone on your list who would like a copy of a widely heralded book about a band of teenage girls in 1970s LA. As much as I like to see my Amazon rankings rise, I recommend you buy your gifts of Queens of Noise from an independent bestseller. Book Frog in Rancho Palos Verde has signed copies, and you can order them online. You should be able to get a signed copy from Books and Books in Miami and Book Soup in West Hollywood too. And of course, there’s the incredible Powell’s Books in Portland. Available for the Kindle too! Perfect for music lovers, teenage girls, Twi-fans, Miley fans, California history buffs, etc. I will even send you a personalized, signed sticker if you email me at

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