By Julie Mendoza, Courier Entertainment Editor
The Runaways was an all girl American rock band in the 1970s established by the infamous Joan Jett. After meeting music producer Kim Fowley the two recruited Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, Sandy West, and Jackie Fox into their psychedelic music experience that became a commodity throughout the country. None of the girls were even eighteen when the band was formed which greatly increased their popularity. These young ladies refused to be underestimated by intimidating artists who assumed they didn’t know how to play their instruments. Their first appearances were at house parties, where they were taught how to handle the ruckus. The Runaways rocked to music that matched their raw qualities. Their lyrics consisted of rebelling against school and parental control. Some of their particularly enjoyable hits include “Cherry Bomb” and “Queens of Noise.”
During their road to fame the girls were treated like “dogs", a term that Kim Fowley often called them by as a high form of insult. He kept their earnings, put them in cheap motels, and rarely spent money nourishing them with proper meals. It wasn’t until they were signed and well into the life of stardom did they decide to turn on him, a decision any smart and rebellious girl would make.
However, being exposed to the pandemonium of fame and rock and roll highly influenced these teenage girls with sex and drugs. Every day on tour grew more intense and soon their lifestyle wasn’t stable or functional enough to continue. In 1979 the Runaways no longer existed, although it was not Joan Jett’s end in the music industry; after the band split she began a new band, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
Their adventure had become a legend. Who isn’t fascinated by rebellious teenage girls living the fast life? Years later Cherie Currie wrote an autobiography on her experience and titled it Neon Angels. This year Floria Sigismondi directed the movie adaptation titled "The Runaways" starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart, two young and talented girls. The book and film will let one's self feel impulsive and rebellious and let the good times roll.