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Runaways Producer & Rock Icon Kim Fowley Has Died
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Kim Fowley

Legendary Runaways producer and Los Angeles rock legend Kim Fowley died today after a long battle with cancer, although no official cause of death has been released at this time, according to Rolling Stone. He was 75.

The son of actors, the Los Angeles, CA-born Fowley began his career in the music business in 1959 and spent the 1960s working with acts such as Paul Revere and the Raiders and Gene Vincent. His career as a solo artist yielded a minor hit when his third LP, 1968’s Outrageous, broke Billboard’s Top 200. Many credited Fowley with the advent of the raised lighter concert salute after he encouraged the crowd to do it while MCing John Lennon’s Toronto Rock and Roll Revival performance in 1969.

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Runaways Lita Ford and Cherie Currie Reunite For Holiday Song – Listen Now!
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Runaways Lita Ford and Cherie Currie Rock This Christmas Down

Guitarist Lita Ford and singer Cherie Currie, have reunited for an original holiday single called “Rock This Christmas Down,” which is the first time the queens of noise have recorded together since 1977 when they were in the all-girl hard rock band The Runaways.

The new song will be available as an MP3 Download starting December 3, 2013, but USA Today is previewing the song right now!

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Runaways Singer Cherie Currie Duets With Glenn Danzig On “Some Velvet Morning” (Video)
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Glenn Danzig Cherie Currie Some Velvet Morning. Photo by Maurice Nunez

Back in February, we told you about the Danzig 25th Anniversary Tour with special guest Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, Glenn Danzig’s former Misfits bandmate.

Well, the tour, which is in full force, made a pitstop in Los Angeles, CA, last month for a “send-off” show at the Universal Gibson Amphitheatre, which closed its doors on September 6th, 2013 to make way for the new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.

At the Gibson show, Runaways singer Cherie Currie, who’s currently on a solo tour, joined the band on stage for a duet with Glenn Danzig on “Some Velvet Morning,” a cover of the Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra song. You can watch a video of the performance here below; there’s also an embed of the studio version of their cover, which will be on Danzig’s planned covers album.

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$3 MP3 Album Deal: ‘The Runaways’
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The Runaways 1976 debut album

Right now, The Runaways, the debut album from the band The Runaways, is on sale in MP3 format for only $2.99.

Released in 1976, The Runaways is the debut album from the 1970’s all-girl rock band featuring Joan Jett, Lita Ford, and Cherie Currie, who were teenagers at the time – all the girls were around 16 at the time and their ages were even listed on the album’s back cover. The 10-track album features the band’s breakout hit “Cherry Bomb,” as well as “You Drive Me Wild,” “American Nights,” “Thunder,” and a cover of Lou Reed’s “Rock & Roll.”

All this for only $3!!! The Runaways is one of my favorite bands of all time and this album was my introduction to them as a little girl who wanted to play rock music. HIGHLY recommend.

Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each and those for $2.99 and up as well as several albums on sale for $0-$5 each and select live albums on sale for $5.99 each.

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eBook Deal: Runaways Singer Cherie Currie’s ‘Neon Angel: A Memoir Of A Runaway’
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Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway

As part of Amazon’s monthly $3.99 or Less ebook deals, Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway, The Runaways singer Cherie Currie‘s autobiography, is available for the Kindle for only $2.99.

Neon Angel is what The Runaways movie starring Kristen Stewart (as Joan Jett) and Dakota Fanning (as Currie) was based on. In the book, Currie talks about her upbringing and then goes into detail about her time with The Runaways, which was an all-girl teenage rock band in the 1970s and if you saw the movie, you see just how hard these young girls had it and what they did for rock and roll. Currie’s original version of the autobiography had been out of print since the 1990s, but thanks to HarperCollins/It Books, the book has been repackaged and reprinted.

If you’d like a physical copy of the book, the Hardcover is $17.97, while the paperback is $10.87.

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eBook Deal: Runaways Singer Cherie Currie’s ‘Neon Angel: A Memoir Of A Runaway’
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Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway

Right now, you can get the Kindle version of Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway, The Runaways singer Cherie Currie‘s autobiography, for only $2.99.

I’ve read this book MANY times and have several copies of it (and multiple editions as well). If you’re a fan of The Runaways, this is a must-read. Also, Neon Angel is what The Runaways movie starting Kristen Stewart (as Joan Jett) and Dakota Fanning (as Currie) was based on.

In the book, Currie talks about her upbringing and then goes into detail about her time with The Runaways, which was an all-girl teenage rock band in the 1970s and if you saw the movie, you see just how hard these young girls had it and what they did for rock and roll. Currie’s original version of the autobiography had been out of print since the 1990s, but thanks to It Books, the book is not only back in print, but has also been improved upon.

More than worth 3 bucks, so grab this right away, the sale ends at the end of the day, Friday, December 23, 2011.

If you’d like a physical copy of the book, the Hardcover is $16.49, while the paperback is $10.87.

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Contest: ‘Neon Angel: A Memoir Of A Runaway’ Book
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Neon Angel: A Memoir of a RunawayThe Runaways, which stars of Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning at Cherie Currie, is based on Currie’s autobiography Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway, so to celebrate the film’s wide release in theaters this weekend, we here at Geeks of Doom have five (5) copies to give away to some lucky readers!

Five (5) winners will each receive:

  • One (1) copy of Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway

I’ve read the book and trust me, it’s a good one. Currie talks about her upbringing and then goes into detail about her time with The Runaways, which was an all-girl teenage rock band in the 1970s and if you see the movie (which I suggest you do), you’ll see how just how hard these young girls had it and what they did for rock and roll. Currie’s original version of the autobiography has been out of print since the 1990s, but thanks to It Books, the book is not only back in print, but has also been improved upon. I now only three copies of this book (2 of the original; one of the new version), so yeah, I’m lovin’ this contest. So, enter to win!!!

TO ENTER: There’s just two simple steps:

(1) Make sure you’re subscribed to the Geeks of Doom email digest. If you’re not then click here and sign up. (If you’re already a subscriber, then go right to the next step.)

(2) Fill out the entry form here below and submit. (Form is here after the jump.)

Good luck!

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Music Video: ‘The Runaways’ Stars Perform ‘Cherry Bomb’
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The Runaways filmIn just a few days, the digital download version of the official soundtrack album for The Runaways will be available. Some of the Runaways songs on the album are performed by the film’s stars Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart, with one of the tracks — “Cherry Bomb” — already streaming online [Read: Listen Now: Dakota Fanning Sings ‘Cherry Bomb’ On ‘Runaways’ Soundtrack].

Now, a music video for “Cherry Bomb,” featuring vocals by Fanning and Stewart, has been posted online. Watch the video here below.

I haven’t seen The Runaways yet, but I’ve watched enough previews and seen enough images to deduce that this video is compiled from footage from the film. It looks like a combination of on- and off-stage performances from the film, and for the on-stage clips, the movie band is playing the song.

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‘The Runaways’ Theatrical Trailer + Poster
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The Runaways movie posterTwo very cool items to report tonight regarding The Runaways movie.

First, there’s the final theatrical movie poster. Check it out there at right (click for larger, full view). It’s basically one of the previously released images of Dakota Fanning at Cherie Currie and Kirsten Stewart as Joan Jett. But, it’s one bad-ass picture!

This movie poster image also makes an appearance in the second Runaways news of the night — the full, theatrical trailer! It’s online right now and you can watch it right here below! In the trailer, there’s a quick shot of the two characters in the scene from the poster.

This new trailer gives us a lot more insight on the film, a biopic about the 1970s all-girl teenage rock band, The Runaways. We see a little bit about Joan Jett’s early ambition to start an all-girl rock band, and Cherie Currie’s desire to make a change in her life.

I talked a bit about the movie’s soundtrack earlier this evening [read Listen Now: Dakota Fanning Sings ‘Cherry Bomb’ On ‘Runaways’ Soundtrack for more about the soundtrack and how to hear a song from the album]. The soundtrack contains several Runaways covers, with Fanning and Stewart providing the vocals. In the new trailer, you hear “Cherry Bomb,” which was in the teaser trailer, and for the first time, two other songs: “California Paradise” and “Dead End Justice.”

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Listen Now: Dakota Fanning Sings ‘Cherry Bomb’ On ‘Runaways’ Soundtrack
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The Runaways soundtrackLast week, the details were released regarding The Runaways soundtrack, which includes some great ’70s tunes, as well as original versions and covers of Runaways songs [see New TV Spot, Pics & Soundtrack Details For ‘The Runaways’].

Now, one of the album’s tracks is streaming online for free at the official Runaways movie site. When you visit the site, you’ll immediately here “Cherry Bomb,” the band’s most popular song; in this case, it’s the movie version sung by Dakota Fanning, who stars in the upcoming film as singer Cherie Currie, with backing vocals by Kristen Stewart, who plays guitarist/singer Joan Jett.

I’ve already read some trashing of Fanning for the song from the Twitter critics, but being the lifelong Runaways fan that I am, I think you should probably take my word above others — Fanning does a good job and this version is definitely enjoyable. I’ve listened to it probably 30 times already. I mean, c’mon, it’s ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb!

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