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Getting Lippy With Theo

When a bunch of gnarly tattooed girls in New York City decided to form a punk rock band in 1987, they came this close to naming themselves after their favorite band, the Runaways. “There was a minute where we almost called ourselves ‘the Go Homes,’ we were all so inspired and enamored with the Runaways and that they were so young, so talented and so hot,” says Theo Kogan, the singer of the band that instead became the Lunachicks. They were “total idols for me and all of us.”

The Lunachicks were one of the best American punk bands of the late ’80s and ’90s, successors to the Ramones, Dictators, Blondie, and of course, the Runaways. The towering Kogan dressed like a refugee from Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! but sang with a deep, rich vibrato. When she wasn’t thrashing, she was a successful model, for the likes of Calvin Klein and Kenneth Cole. She also did a stint as an advice and beauty blogger for MOLI.com.  (I was her editor; she’s a great writer.)

Armour_Logo_wType_2014 copyThese days she’s a makeup artist and beauty expert who is creating the products that punk singers and fashion plates crave. Her Armour Beauty lip gloss line features shimmering colors that are paraben and cruelty free and have names like Nirvana, Gazarri’s (after the infamous LA club), and Siouxsie. Theo will be giving away Armour Beauty samples to lucky attendees of All Hail the Queens of Noise, the Runaways tribute night I’m hosting with Tammy Faye Starlite at Manhattan’s The Cutting Room on March 6. Appropriately Tammy’s band the Stay-at-Homes (almost the Go Homes) will be playing, proving that great minds do think alike. And of course I’ll be reading from my book, Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways. Profits go to rock camps for girls. Stay tuned to this blog for profiles of other performers, including Miss Guy, Karyn Kuhl, and Ms. Starlite.


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Punk Legends for PETA

Pop and Jett

I love rock ‘n’ roll.

Joan Jett and Iggy Pop Ham It Up at Sublime in Fort Lauderdale for PETA – Broward/Palm Beach – Music – County Grind.

via Punk Legends for PETA.

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“We’re All Participants Here!”

Alice Bag

Before I ever heard the concept of Participatory Culture, I was an acolyte of the notion of artistic production as a communitarian, not a hierarchical, act. As I explained to my students yesterday, as I taught them Henry Jenkins et al. white paper on PC and New Media Literacies, the belief in Do It Yourself connects my interests in punk rock, feminism, and digital culture. I’ve been thinking a lot about the fact that we don’t live in a spectator society anymore; Guy Debord is dated. And then last night, I came across this passage in Violence Girl: East LA Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story, the memoir by Alice Bag.

“I’m stomping, jogging and dancing all over the stage, teetering precariously on my high heels. I spot an area of spectators in front of Patricia, my bassist. Fuck that! No spectators, we’re all participants here!”

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