The Runaways

Yeah !!! Pioneers of female Rock!!

Old time rock and roll

Joan Jett herself put it best, that “riff rock is very male, testosterone filled, but… Girls have testosterone too.” The emergence of the Runaways in the mid 1970’s proved this statement to be true. Despite the inevitable backlash these girls would face, and the sexist desire for women to be no more than acoustic guitar playing, docile, background musicians, the Runaways took the stage and made it apparent that they could successfully exude hard rocking riffs just like the boys.

Joan Jett, alongside Rock N’ Roll producer and song writer Kim Fowley, noted the lack of female representation in the Hard Rock world throughout the 1970’s. Jett also knew that if she was craving the endorphin rush of climbing up on a stage to rock out, that there had to be other girls lusting for it too. The Runaways formed by word of mouth, each 15 or 16 years old…

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