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Rocking the Rock Hall Library

Evelyn McDonnell and Cliff Michalski

Evelyn McDonnell and Cliff Michalski at the Rock Hall Library

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Librarian Andy Leach, author Evelyn McDonnell, and discographer Omid Yamini

 

Evelyn McDonnell speaks at the Rock Hall Library + Archives

Evelyn McDonnell speaks at the Rock Hall Library + Archives

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Omid Yamini at the Rock Hall Library

I’m still processing my whirlwind weekend visit to Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Museum, Library and Archives a couple weeks ago. It was an honor to argue the case for the importance of the Runaways within those sacred institutional walls. Plus Cleveland played a pivotal role in Runaways history, as I got to discuss with journalists and fans who were there for those famous Agora shows, including writer Cliff Michalski, who I had interviewed for the book. Queens of Noise discographer and Runaways archivist Omid Yamini joined me on the podium and in the back rooms of the archives. Here are some snapshots of the wintery weekend. All photos courtesy of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives.

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Rock Hall Tomorrow!

Our presentation tomorrow at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives in Cleveland is officially “sold out” — my second sold-out show in a row! If you want to come, please shoot me an email and I’ll put you on the list.

Author Series with Evelyn McDonnell, author of Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

 

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Queens at Rock Hall Info

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members can make reservations for my January 25 presentation in Cleveland beginning tomorrow, January 13. Non-members can reserve beginning Tuesday. For more info, visit the Rock Hall site. Runaways collector and Queens of Noise discographer Omid Yamini will be joining me for this special event.

Author Series with Evelyn McDonnell, author of Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

via Queens at Rock Hall Info.

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Examiner.com’s Rave Review

The review of Queens of Noise by Pete Roche from the Examiner in Cleveland may be the most thorough and complimentary yet. Here’s a sample:

 

McDonnell’s book is an all-inclusive overview that draws hundreds of quotes from dozens of magazine and television interviews with the musicians, managers, confidantes, and kin to paint a bigger, clearer picture than any previous work. The Mamarama author (who also writes for The Miami Herald and Village Voice) digs deep, separating fact from fiction and myth from reality in between her own lucid expositions on the California culture, geography (“Exopolis”), and demographics (wo)manifesting in The Runaways’ union, ascent, success, and concomitant struggles.

via Author explores real story of The Runaways in Queens of Noise – Cleveland Music | Examiner.com.

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Last Chance to Vote for Jett

Undoubtedly in response to repeated complaints about its clubbiness, or perhaps in deference to the proliferation of participatory culture in general and American Idol in particular, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is allowing fans a vote for the first time. Tomorrow is the last day to voice your choice. Currently Rush is in first place. Yes, Rush — the same band that denied the Runways a sound check and mocked their performance from the side of the stage in Detroit in 1977. For years, fans of the overwrought Canadian trio have decried their exclusion from the Cleveland citadel. I’m sure they’re rallying to rectify the situation.

I’ve made my own public complaints about the gender divide of the Cock Rock Hall. (This Salon screed is about to be republished in the new edition of Best Music Writing.) I’m not going to tell you how I think you should vote — you can probably figure it out. I know the public vote will still play second fiddle to the official nominating sausage fest. But last I heard, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts were in fourth place. And you know I love rock and roll.

Online Fan Poll | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

via Last Chance to Vote for Jett.

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