Ready Set Go! Here is the new full trailer for the upcoming film The Runaways, the film account of the 1970’s all-girl teenage band that launched the careers of Joan Jett, Micki Steele and Lita Ford. Several band members came and went during the group’s turbulent and short four year history, but there is no denying their influence on rock music as well as the path they pioneered for female musicians and bands through the 70s, 80s and on to this day. Hopefully this film paints a true cinematic story and will show a new generations of fans the music and lives of the young women who left an unmistakable stamp on rock and roll. Below the trailer we have a synopsis of the film as well as a brief history of the band. Enjoy!
“Girls got balls… They’re just a little higher up, that’s all….” -Joan Jett
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie in The Runaways, the music-fueled, coming of age story of the groundbreaking, all girl 1970s rock band. Written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, Apparition will release the film on March 19, 2010.
Los Angeles 1975, Joan Jett (KRISTEN STEWART) and Cherie Currie (DAKOTA FANNING), two teenage valley girls with punk in their blood, meet and become the heart and soul of the seminal all girl band, The Runaways. Floria Sigismondi brings The Runaways to the big screen in this story of a group of extraordinary young women as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary band that paved the way for future generations of girl musicians. Under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (MICHAEL SHANNON), the group evolves into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself—and so do its two leads: Joan is the band’s pure rock’ n’ roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.
The Runaways is produced by John Linson, Art Linson and Bill Pohlad. Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna and Brian Young serve as executive producers. The film marks the first theatrical collaboration between Apparition and River Road Entertainment.
A Brief History of The Runaways
• Summer 1975 – 15-year-old Joan Jett is spending her free time at Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco in Hollywood getting turned on to glitter rock like David Bowie, Gary Glitter, and T. Rex. Around the same time, Sandy West, whose passions included surfing and drums, approaches Kim Fowley, another frequent fixture at Rodney’s, about forming an all girl band. Kim brings Joan and Sandy together and agrees to help them find other girls to join the band. By August the band grows to four members with Micki Steele on bass and Lita Ford on lead guitar. Lita had originally auditioned for the bass player, but since the position was already filled, ends up as the band’s lead guitarist. With Kim as their manager, the three-piece band decide on the name, The Runaways, and within a few weeks they play their first show at a local party.
• Fall 1975 – The Runaways play their first public show at the famed Whisky-A-Go-Go in Hollywood.
• November 1975 – Joan and Kim meet twin sisters Cherie and Marie Currie, not yet 16. Cherie auditions for the band with no song to sing. On the spot, Joan and Kim write “Cherry Bomb.” Singing the newly written song, Cherie lands the job and becomes the lead singer. Shortly after, Micki Steele leaves the band and is replaced by Peggy Foster. By December, Peggy is replaced with Jackie Fox.
• February of 1976 – The Runaways sign to Mercury Records and soon enter the studio to record their debut LP, The Runaways. After their first album is released, the band embarks on their first U.S. tour. Highlights included the famous Agora Ballroom in Cleveland and CBGB’s in NYC. The band then embarks on their first European tour. They returned to the U.S. and continue to tour. Highlights included the Royal Oak Theatre outside of Detroit with opening acts Cheap Trick and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
• 1977 – The Runaways second album Queens of Noise is co-produced by Sparks’ guitarist Earle Mankey. Upon wrapping recording, they hit the road for their second US tour. Meanwhile, The Runaways are exploding in Japan. “Cherry Bomb” hits #1 in Japan and Australia, and they become the fourth biggest selling act in Japan. The mass hysteria of the arrival of the Runaways in Japan, for their sold out tour, rivals the arrival of the Beatles in America. Jackie quits the band and flies home to the states. Joan picks up the bass for their biggest show to date, The Tokyo Music Festival. They released, Live in Japan, which becomes one of the highest selling imports of the ‘70s.
• Winter 1977 – After returning home, the band returns to the studio to work on their third album, Waitin’ for the Night. The band’s lineup changes again, with Vicki Blue joining to replace Jackie Fox. Joan takes over lead singing duties replacing Cherie Currie, who leaves to pursue a solo career. Waitin’ for the Night is the first release with Joan Jett on lead vocals. By the end of the year, the band parts ways with manager, Kim Fowley.
• 1978 -The Runaways find new management and begin to record their fourth album. They head to the UK to begin work on And now…. The Runaways. Once again, they have to replace their bass player, after Vicki Blue falls ill. Laurie McAllister joins the band and The Runaways begin their final tour, ending with New Years Eve at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
• 1979 – The Runaways decide to disband because of creative differences but not before leaving an indelible mark on rock and roll and paving the way for a number of all-girl groups to follow, including The Go-Go’s and The Bangles.