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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; First Edition edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306820390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306820397
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

Publisher’s Weekly Top Ten Music Books for Spring 2013, 1/28/13


New York Times Book Review, 10/6/13

“Scrupulously researched…McDonnell has done her legwork…[and] rightly rehabilitated a pioneering band’s reputation.”


CBSNews.com, 6/17/13

“Extensively researched.”



Seattle Times, 7/21/13

“[T]he Runaways’ legacy as trailblazers who opened the doors for other female artists is assured. Queens of Noise is the definitive account of their pioneering career.”



New York Observer, 7/23/13

“Reversing the curse that plagued the band’s short run, [Queens of Noise] declares: if you haven’t heard of the Runaways, that’s your problem—not theirs.



Paste, 7/30/13

“Celebrates the spirit of what could happen when listeners ignore conventional wisdom about girls-in-rock. An almost-feminist manifest…A primer of how bands come together, what they face in the jaws of trying to create arena-sized success without proper management and how it can all go wrong.”



Graffiti Magazine, 7/31/13

“For a grim and gritty look at the rise and fall of the band, as well as a look at sexual politics in the 70s and in the 70s rock scene, this is a fascinating book. And for fans of The Runaways, like me, this is a must have.”



Bookviews

“Full of insights.”



The Advocate, 8/9/13

“Brilliant, must-read.”



San Antonio Express News, 8/4/13

“This book may be the first Runaways project to successfully represent all five members of the classic lineup…Instead of a riot of conflicting opinions, McDonnell skillfully weaves a coherent narrative that looks at both sides of ‘he said, she said,’ or is often the case, ‘she said, she said.’”



Houston Press, 8/21/13

Queens of Noise is as wild a read as was the Runaways' short-lived career. But in the hands of such a skilled, careful, and picture-painting writer as McDonnell, it's far more than the scandalous jailbait journalism it might have been.”



Examiner.com, 8/20/13

“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.”



NeuFurtur.com, 8/20/13

“An even-handed look at the band, and those surrounding them…[McDonnell] objectively covers the group, warts and all, and does an incredible job of balancing everyone’s interpretations of the band’s brief but often contentious life.”



My Big Honkin Blog, 8/18/13

“The sad yet triumphant tale of a handful of California girls who were thrust together to form the at the time revolutionary all-girl band The Runaways.…Author Evelyn McDonnell finally tells the band’s story in rich detail and accounts for all perspectives in this oft-disputed tale.”



Los Angeles Review of Books, 9/1/13

“Gives this all-girl hard-rock group, the first to sign a multiyear major record label deal and tour the world, the recognition and serious consideration as pioneers that they deserve, granting them a position in cultural, social, and feminist history. Through extensive interviews and research, McDonnell…provides a panoramic scale, sense, and dignity to a complicated and emotion-filled saga that still divides the key players and band members, replete with ongoing lawsuits and deeply entrenched resentments…McDonnell’s writing is straightforward, and her passion comes through in an enticing hybrid of music fandom and academia.”



January Magazine, 9/7/13

“This is a girl’s story. A woman’s story. And the influence this bouquet of teenagers would have on the music scene is perhaps still being calculated.”



Under the Radar (website), 9/17/13

“An essential read.”


JSItop21.com, December 2013

“A vivid must-read part of music's evolution.”


Waterbury Sunday Republican, 12/15/2013

“An astonishing story of Roman candle-like duration…the book is a wild and wooly romp…No question that [The Runaways’] story is exciting and unique and McDonnell tells it well.”


Portland Book Review, 2/5/14

“Crisp, self-aware, and interesting…Particularly of note is the analysis McDonnell offers as she thoroughly explores the curious circumstances that stunted the Runaways’ lasting success.”

Curled up with a Good Book. 2/9/14

“McDonnell…pulls no punches in describing drug use, in-fighting, and the alternate lifestyles many of the girls were following…[Queens of Noise] pulls back the curtains on the façade that, seen from the outside, being in a rock and roll band would be the coolest gig in the world. But when the terrible underbelly is exposed, you realize how easily that dream disappears.”

Jazzhouse.org, 4/23/14
“Will go a long ways toward rectifying the notion that women rockers stood by virtually unnoticed.”

About the Author

Evelyn McDonnell, author or co-editor of five books, has been a pop music critic for the Miami Herald and a senior editor at the Village Voice. She lives in Los Angeles.

Customer Reviews

Unbiased, well researched, well written and gritty.
Jan Smith
Rekindling my love for this band (the Runaways Live In Japan is my number 1 favorite live record!)
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Even if you arent a fan or are a fan of rock band biographies you will enjoy this book.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Frank on July 3, 2013
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The Runaways have been a part of me for the majority of my life. Turned on to them by my babysitting cousin when I was seven years old, for whatever reason (there are many) this group spoke to me. Over the years I painstakingly collected albums, imports, magazines, clippings, and when I could find them, shirts. MOST of anything Runaways was always difficult to find, and it was a serious high when it would turn up. I had to have all things Runaways. My father even got involved, and was so proud when the rest of the world finally caught on and starting buying Joan Jett's records. He used to help me hunt for Runaways albums. On Long Island, New York that was no easy task. I remember how happy he was when he found me a copy of "Waitin' for the Night", then refused to let me listen to the final track because of the "F Bomb" at the end. A record store clerk even walked out to us with a copy of "Live in Japan" which I've always read was never released in the USA. But there it was in the Smithaven Mall on a Saturday night. Dad and I were both elated, like we'd found a rare treasure. I think I even brought it in for show and tell. NUTS, right?
Over the years, people from my past I've run into have said to me "Do you still love The Runaways? I always remember that about you." The answer has always been and still is "yes." They have been with me through every chapter in my own life, and as I've gotten older I guess they've always been a perfect fit to the outsider in me. They were different, special and unique. The only problem was where to find anything about them. Sure, the internet has helped, and I'd discovered that there were fans even more detailed and crafty than I.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Resnick on December 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Interesting but a biography where most of the participants are still alive best be very accurate. At one point the author says The Runaways opened for Metallica at a show in Europe. The problem? Metallica was not formed until 1981.The Runaways broke up officially in 1979 and played their last shows before that. When discussing Joan Jett after the group she mentions her excellent work in Rocky Horror playing the character Columbine. Might not be the authors fault but if not the editor screwed up. Columbine is a town in Colorado Columbia is the character in Rocky Horror. Silly little errors but when you catch stupid little mistakes in a biography you have to start wondering what else they got wrong.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pamela L. Hard on July 14, 2013
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With the help of WNEW ( radio station ) I can honestly say if it wasn't for Scott's O ( Scott Munie and Carol Miller ) top dj's at this radio station, I probably would not have found out about the Runaways until a later date.

The Runaways are a huge part of my growing up and going through some very personal and painful situations, their music got me through. And as today
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts huge part of my adult life.

I was 12 years old when the Runaways got together, I was so impressed with what they did back then and even today the raw talent these groups had/have to this day.

I grew up on ROCK music from CSNY, JANIS JOPLIN, HENDRIX, THE WHO, PINK FLOYD, FLEETWOOD MAC, NEIL YOUNG AND CRAZY HORSE, the list goes on and on. The Runaways definately belong next to these groups as well.

This book brought back alot of great memories and remembering the day I stood outside CBGB'S in 1976, I could not get in the club,the place was packed, and it's true what Joan Jett said, the people were hanging off the rafters inside. I could see that from the street looking in.

Evelyn gives a blow by sweet blow of every nook and crany of The Runaways lifes, I don't know if I could have survived what they went through as a band ( family )

I give the book 5 stars, I think you did one hell of a job Evelyn, loved it.

NewYorkJettster~
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Buddy Barker on July 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was lucky enough to see the four piece Runaways open for the Ramones in Charlotte,NC back in my college days. It was a great show by both bands and the audience was quite receptive. Sadly when I wanted to read more about the band the rock mags at the time (Creem,Rolling Stone)were not exactly all that infomative or open minded. Most of what I've found out about the Runaways through the years has been in bits and pieces. The documentary Edgeplay and the recent Runaways Hollywood treatment seemed to omit big parts of these pioneering musicians complete history. This book IS THE ONE to go to if you really want to know about the band and ALL of its members. I think the writer has done a great job in her portrayal of all the key players. She is even unbiased about Kim Fowley (who is really hard to pin down. is he a villain? a genius? a conman?) and I don't think that's an easy task. It's a comforting thought that my daughter can't imagine a musical world without female hard rockers because of the groundwork the Runaways laid down. God bless the Runaways!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Finally! A book about this fantastic, groundbreaking, innovative band!! They should do a movie based on THIS book! (fyi, I HATED the Runaways movie. So many factual errors and the fact that Kristen Stewart wore leather pants throughout that entire film bugged the hell out of me. Joan did wear pants and jeans ya know!). It really tells the story of this band, from how it started, who was involved, why they left, and what they did after. It's extremely well researched and put together. My only critique would be the author would often go into little tangents about things unrelated the band--or even music really. Like describing Los Angeles in the 70s and quoting other authors to drive home said description. But I guess it was to paint the picture to reader of what the world was like then. For me, I didn't need a in depth painting, a sketch would've been fine. But other than that, I found this book extremely entertaining. Rekindling my love for this band (the Runaways Live In Japan is my number 1 favorite live record!) If your a fan of the band, Joan, Lita, Cherie, Sandy, or just plain old rock n roll, GET THIS BOOK!
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Evelyn McDonnell is assistant professor of journalism and new media at Loyola Marymount University. She has been writing about popular culture and society for more than 20 years. She is the author of four books: Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways, Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids and Rock 'n' Roll, Army of She: Icelandic, Iconoclastic, Irrepressible Bjork and Rent by Jonathan Larson. She coedited the anthologies Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop and Rap and Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth.

She has been the editorial director of www.MOLI.com, pop culture writer at The Miami Herald, senior editor at The Village Voice, and associate editor at SF Weekly. Her writing on music, poetry, theater, and culture has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including the Los Angeles Times, Ms., Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Spin, Travel & Leisure, Us, Billboard, Vibe, Interview, Black Book, and Option. She codirected the conference Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth at the Dia Center for the Arts in New York in 1998.

She has won several fellowships and awards, including an Annenberg Fellowship at USC and a fellowship to the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater. Her 2004 Herald expose of hip-hop cops was awarded first place for enterprise reporting by the South Florida Black Journalists Association and second place in the Society of Professional Journalists' Sunshine State Awards. She earned her Master's in Specialized Journalism, the Arts, from USC, where she was chosen for the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She earned her Bachelor's in American studies, graduating magna cum laude from Brown University. She leaves in San Pedro with her husband, son, many animals, and a fantastic view of the ocean.

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