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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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Massive Metal Monday: “Gotta Let Go” By Lita Ford
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Lita Ford

A lot of people counted out the gals from The Runaways when Kim Fowley’s manufactured girl group split entered in the late 70s. But those people had not taken notice of the considerable forces that are Joan Jett and Lita Ford. By 1984, singer/guitarist Jett had already established herself as the queen of a new generation of female rockers and lead guitarist Lita Ford was reinventing herself as a sultry heavy metal goddess who would give all of the male axe-slingers a run for their money throughout the golden age of the guitar hero.

Here below is Lita Ford with the official video for “Gotta Let Go,” the second single from her second solo album Dancing On The Edge.

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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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When The Shat Hits The Fans: William Shatner To Receive ‘Honorary Headbanger Award’
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Revolver Golden Gods

Spock may not think the merging of Shatner and Metal to be a logical one — but at this point in 2011, William Shatner is becoming more metal than ever. And even at his age of 80, there seems to be no stopping the once Captain of the USS Enterprise, for this year he will be releasing a metal album, as we reported on several weeks ago. To acknowledge his efforts not only towards his current album project, entitled Seeking Major Tom, but also for his entire epic career, William Shatner will next month be awarded the Honorary Headbanger Award at the annual Revolver Awards.

The Revolver Golden Gods is an awards ceremony to recognize all metal, held every year. The Honorary Headbanger Award is handed out to someone who is not necessarily seen as being in the metal community, but embodies the spirit of metal. With his upcoming album featuring collaborative efforts with numerous metal artists, and his long career in Star Trek and acting in other roles over the years, Shatner is an artist of determination who continually breaks down the doors of what people think he should do (or if people just think it to be… odd).

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Lightning Deal: Smallville, The Simpsons, The Runaways
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Smallville Seasons 1-8 DVDEvery day, Amazon offers up “Lightning Deals,” limited quantities of various products for a discounted price for a 4-hour window of time. You have to be on the lookout for these deals and once the item runs out within that four hours, the sale is over.

Meaning, if you see something on sale that you want, buy it immediately before it’s gone.

Typically you don’t know what will be on sale until the minute it gets posted, but as a prelude to Black Friday, Amazon has released today’s Lightning Deal schedule for Movies & TV on DVD and Blu-ray. See list of today’s deals here below, along with more information on how these special deals work.

GOLD BOX DEAL OF THE DAY [valid only for today until midnight PST:

Harry Potter Years 1-6 Giftset
DVD for $23.99 | Blu-ray for $39.99.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010

4:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. PST

The Runaways
DVD – $8.99

Mamma Mia! The Movie
DVD – $3.99

Surf’s Up
DVD – $4.99

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Movie Review: The Runaways
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The Runaways movie posterThe Runaways
Directed by Floria Sigismondi
Starring Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Stella Maeve, Scout Taylor-Compton, Michael Shannon
Rated R
Release date(s) January 24, 2010 (SFF)
March 19, 2010 (limited)
April 9, 2010 (wide)

The Runaways is a film is based on lead singer Cherie Currie’s memoir, Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway and it does a pretty good job of showing us what life was like for a teenage Runaway.

For those uninitiated (like myself before seeing the film) The Runaways were a 1970s rock band that broke musical taboos with their all-girl lineup. While I was watching the film I was thinking about how those same taboos, to a large extent, still exist in today’s musical world. In 2006, I remember Beyoncé Knowles making a huge fuss when she introduced her all-female tour band Suga Mama, which includes bassists, drummers, guitarists, horn players, keyboardists and percussionists. I would’ve thought 35 years would be enough time to break down those male barriers in pop/rock music, but I guess not.

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