New Movie: “The Runaways”

I was living on Sunset Blvd near Fairfax Avenue in the mid 1970s during the era when the Runaways were around.  They hung out at Rodney Bingenheimer’s,  Starwood, the Whiskey. Went to after clubbing 3:00am breakfasts at Ben Franks and the Denny’s near Rodney’s club.

They were so young and so cute and we loved the very idea of girls playing hard core rock and roll.

It is about time there was a movie about them.

From the New York Times

Proving Their Mettle in the Men-Only Era of Rock

Published: March 19, 2010

“The Runaways,” which takes place mainly in Southern California in the mid-1970s, evokes its moment and milieu with affectionate, almost uncanny fidelity. It’s a sun-baked teenage wasteland of muscle cars and hamburger stands, and the two young 21st-century movie stars who play the main characters seem to fit right in. Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart, who are Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, lead singer and guitarist for the band that gives the movie its name, were born a long time after the book had closed on the real-life Runaways, but the seriousness and self-confidence with which they tackle their roles goes a long way toward establishing a sense of authenticity.

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