"It really threw me for a loop."
Being a passive bystander is not a "crime." If we have any hope at all of putting an end to incidents like these, we need to stop doubting the accusers and start holding rapists, abusers and bullies accountable. What we don't need to do is point fingers at those who weren't to blame for their actions.
"I have never been one to deny my mistakes in life and I wouldn't start now."
"If I was aware of a friend or bandmate being violated, I would not stand by while it happened."
It's rare that human beings develop this level of perspicacity about themselves, particularly when the insight they are making refers to the absence rather than a presence of characterological attributes.
After moving to the States at a very young age from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, she became the drummer in the original lineup of the Cramps. Linna was a drummer -- a chick drummer -- and this was pre-Bangles, Go-Gos, Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, White Stripes. There were no chick drummers in the 1970s. People took notice. Joey Ramone, for instance.
Books by Five Fierce Women: Cherie Currie, Kelly Cutrone, Melissa Febos, Chris O'Dell, and Sue Scheff
If you're looking for a great summer read by a woman writer who really has a tale to tell, I invite you to take a look at one or all of these titles.
Rock and Roll was a man's world in 1975. Until the Runaways, that is. Guitarist Joan Jett and drummer Sandy West dreamed the dream, and so did 15-year-old Cherie Currie.
The Los Angeles punk music scene is at the center of The Runaways, which opened in limited release on March 19 and goes wider in a couple of weeks.
Others weren't sure about Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning paired up as Joan and Cherie, I thought they at least looked perfect. Maybe I'm just a sucker for platform shoes, feathered hair and super tight jeans writ large.