I don’t know about you, but I’m getting sick of today’s pre-packaged bubblegum girl bands and popstars. I wasn’t born yet in the ’70s, but they sure had a lot of sincerely talented rockers back then.
In that era, YouTube and Facebook weren’t even invented yet, let alone the Internet, so wannabes had to really prove their mettle in the industry. Getting signed was the only way to get your music out there, so this was a privilege that only a limited number of talents could attain. Male rockers dominated the scene, and female rockers had to double their efforts to get noticed.
When I found out that the biopic of ’70s girl band The Runaways was produced for the big screen, I did a rock-on hand signal and screamed a la Led Zeppelin! The entertainment business needs a major transition from the likes of Camp Rock and High School Musical, and The Runaways made the perfect entrance.
The casters did a great job. Who else could channel the groovy but tough rocker attitudes of Joan Jett and Cherie Currie? Teen stars Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart unleash their inner wild child for The Runaways, directed by Floria Sigismondi. The girls even underwent major training and transformations for the flick.
Coming out in spring, the movie is based on lead singer Cherie Currie’s book Neon Angel, a biography of her experiences as a rock star. I cannot wait for this movie! Rock with me now: “I’m your ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb!”