Category: women in rock

Cherie Currie, The Runaways, 1976, by Chris Jackson

Olivia Newton-John in 1970′s “Toomorrow”, via 24femmespersecond.

“A group of students pay their way through school by forming a pop band called Toomorrow. Sonic vibrations from a special instrument called a ‘tonaliser’ cause an extraterrestrial to abduct the group, and have them entertain the Alphoid population.” Got it?

The Runaways in Japan

Cher and Gregg Allman, 1979

Debbie Harry by Roberta Bayley, via blondieofficial




Stevie sings, the animals understand.

The Runaways, 1976, by Tom Gold

Stevie Nicks wearing a Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Damn the Torpedoes t-shirt!!!! via Bellaillume

Patti Smith, 1978, by Chris Walter, via popsugar


courtney + kristen in the studio, recording live through this.

Triclops Studios, Atlanta, 1993. From a fantastic oral history at Spin by Jessica Hopper, “You Will Ache Like I Ache”:

Courtney Love: Half the fucking songs were written in the studio.

Sean Slade (producer): We witnessed “Asking for It” from when it didn’t exist to when it got finished. It was fascinating. There was a certain magic going on.

Paul Q. Kolderie (producer): I always bring that up whenever people say “Kurt wrote the songs” — I can say he didn’t because I watched it happen.

Sean Slade: At one point Courtney was working out lyrics and she came up with a line that I thought wasn’t that good and I said, “Ah, that’s not happening,” and she goes, “Sean, you’re not my English teacher.” And I looked at her and said, “But Courtney, I am,” and she laughed. It’s rare to ever get someone with that level of lyrical talent. I stand in awe of that. When you are able to work with someone who is on that level, that literary level, who stands as a writer — it’s an honor.

Paul Q. Kolderie: Kristen is the secret ingredient; she made the whole thing gel and happen. It’s criminal she didn’t get to make any more records because it would have been great to see what came down the road.

Sean Slade: Kristen was just amazing. She’s such a natural talent, knew exactly what to play, played totally tight with Patty. I have to give her credit — and this has never happened on an album that we’ve done in all these years — every single bass track on Live Through This was from the basic tracks. There was no bass overdubs because there was no need to because they were perfect. It was an exceptional performance on her part. That’s like a singer doing an album’s worth of vocals in just one take. It just doesn’t happen.