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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (13 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306820390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306820397
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Publisher's Weekly" Top Ten Music Books for Spring 2013, 1/28/13

"New York Times Book Review," 10/6/13
"Scrupulously researched...McDonnell has done her legwork...[and] rightly rehabilitated a pioneering band's reputation."

"CBSNews.com," 6/17/13
"Extensively researched."


"Seattle Times, "7/21/13
"[T]he Runaways' legacy as trailblazers who opened the doors for other female artists is assured. "Queens of Noise" is the definitive account of their pioneering career."


"New York Observer, "7/23/13
"Reversing the curse that plagued the band's short run, ["Queens of Noise"] declares: if you haven't heard of the Runaways, that's your problem--not theirs.


"Paste," 7/30/13
"Celebrates the spirit of what could happen when listeners ignore conventional wisdom about girls-in-rock. An almost-feminist manifest...A primer of how bands come together, what they face in the jaws of trying to create arena-sized success without proper management and how it can all go wrong."


"Graffiti Magazine," 7/31/13
"For a grim and gritty look at the rise and fall of the band, as well as a look at sexual politics in the 70s and in the 70s rock scene, this is a fascinating book. And for fans of The Runaways, like me, this is a must have."


Bookviews
"Full of insights."


"The Advocate," 8/9/13
"Brilliant, must-read."


"San Antonio Express News," 8/4/13
"This book may be the first Runaways project to successfully represent all five members of the classic lineup...Instead of a riot of conflicting opinions, McDonnell skillfully weaves a coherent narrative that looks at both sides of 'he said, she said, ' or is often the case, 'she said, she said.'"


"Houston Press," 8/21/13
""Queens of Noise" is as wild a read as was the Runaways' short-lived career. But in the hands of such a skilled, care

"Publisher s Weekly" Top Ten Music Books for Spring 2013, 1/28/13

"New York Times Book Review," 10/6/13
Scrupulously researchedMcDonnell has done her legwork[and] rightly rehabilitated a pioneering band s reputation.

"CBSNews.com," 6/17/13
Extensively researched.

"Seattle Times, "7/21/13
[T]he Runaways legacy as trailblazers who opened the doors for other female artists is assured. "Queens of Noise" is the definitive account of their pioneering career.

"New York Observer, "7/23/13
Reversing the curse that plagued the band s short run, ["Queens of Noise"] declares: if you haven t heard of the Runaways, that s your problemnot theirs.

"Paste," 7/30/13
Celebrates the spirit of what could happen when listeners ignore conventional wisdom about girls-in-rock. An almost-feminist manifestA primer of how bands come together, what they face in the jaws of trying to create arena-sized success without proper management and how it can all go wrong.

"Graffiti Magazine," 7/31/13
For a grim and gritty look at the rise and fall of the band, as well as a look at sexual politics in the 70s and in the 70s rock scene, this is a fascinating book. And for fans of The Runaways, like me, this is a must have.

Bookviews
Full of insights.

"The Advocate," 8/9/13
Brilliant, must-read.

"San Antonio Express News," 8/4/13
This book may be the first Runaways project to successfully represent all five members of the classic lineupInstead of a riot of conflicting opinions, McDonnell skillfully weaves a coherent narrative that looks at both sides of he said, she said, or is often the case, she said, she said.

"Houston Press," 8/21/13
"Queens of Noise"is as wild a read as was the Runaways' short-lived career. But in the hands of such a skilled, careful, and picture-painting writer as McDonnell, it's far more than the scandalous jailbait journalism it might have been.

Examiner.com, 8/20/13
An all-inclusive overview that draws hundreds of quotes from dozens of magazine and television interviews with the musicians, managers, confidantes, and kin to paint a bigger, clearer picture than any previous work.

NeuFurtur.com, 8/20/13
An even-handed look at the band, and those surrounding them[McDonnell] objectively covers the group, warts and all, and does an incredible job of balancing everyone s interpretations of the band s brief but often contentious life.

My Big Honkin Blog, 8/18/13
The sad yet triumphant tale of a handful of California girls who were thrust together to form the at the time revolutionary all-girl band The Runaways.Author Evelyn McDonnell finally tells the band s story in rich detail and accounts for all perspectives in this oft-disputed tale.

"Los Angeles Review of Books," 9/1/13
Gives this all-girl hard-rock group, the first to sign a multiyear major record label deal and tour the world, the recognition and serious consideration as pioneers that they deserve, granting them a position in cultural, social, and feminist history. Through extensive interviews and research, McDonnellprovides a panoramic scale, sense, and dignity to a complicated and emotion-filled saga that still divides the key players and band members, replete with ongoing lawsuits and deeply entrenched resentmentsMcDonnell s writing is straightforward, and her passion comes through in an enticing hybrid of music fandom and academia.

"January Magazine," 9/7/13
This is a girl s story. A woman s story. And the influence this bouquet of teenagers would have on the music scene is perhaps still being calculated.

"Under the Radar" (website), 9/17/13
An essential read.

JSItop21.com, December 2013
A vivid must-read part of music's evolution.

"Waterbury Sunday Republican," 12/15/2013
An astonishing story of Roman candle-like durationthe book is a wild and wooly rompNo question that [The Runaways ] story is exciting and unique and McDonnell tells it well.
Portland Book Review, 2/5/14
Crisp, self-aware, and interestingParticularly of note is the analysis McDonnell offers as she thoroughly explores the curious circumstances that stunted the Runaways lasting success.
Curled up with a Good Book. 2/9/14
McDonnellpulls no punches in describing drug use, in-fighting, and the alternate lifestyles many of the girls were following["Queens of Noise"] pulls back the curtains on the facade that, seen from the outside, being in a rock and roll band would be the coolest gig in the world. But when the terrible underbelly is exposed, you realize how easily that dream disappears.
Jazzhouse.org, 4/23/14
Will go a long ways toward rectifying the notion that women rockers stood by virtually unnoticed.
"Scanner Zine," 7/31/15
This book is the first to be published that attempts to recount the band s full history. Author McDonnell takes us right back to 1975 when the then Joan Larkin (Jett) boards a bus to travel across LA to meet drummer, Sandy West. From there we get a comprehensive telling of the band s historyMcDonnell s narrative is concise and clearIt is pleasing to see the McDonnell carried out a lot of new and exclusive interviews in her research of the band. Definitely a book worth reading. It evokes a very different era of music from which we now know and McDonnell s words brings that era into a vivid reality.
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About the Author

Evelyn McDonnell, author or co-editor of five books, has been a pop music critic for the Miami Herald and a senior editor at the Village Voice. She lives in Los Angeles.


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I saw The Runaways live - when I was just 16 years old. As a result they're not just my favourite band of all time, they're one of my `favourite things EVER'. Which means that unknown to her, Evelyn McDonnell had one of the toughest of all tasks in satisfying me with her latest book. The great news is, she has more than succeeded and with flying colours too.

"Queens Of Noise" is wonderful achievement whichever way you measure it. Empathy for her subjects, knowledge, musical journalism, you name it, she hits the mark in absolutely every respect.

This book is not only a MUST READ for all Runaways, Joan, Lita, Cherie, or Fowley fans, it's a MUST READ for every fan of music, or indeed, for anyone who ever had a dream.

Meticulously researched, written with style and pace (which I sometimes find lacking with biographical matter) "Queens Of Noise" is a towering great triumph of a book which you certainly don't need to be an aficionado of the girls to enjoy, or appreciate. I give it SIX stars out of FIVE!
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I am a die hard Runaways fan. The book does not reveal anything new. This author did not even make the effort to give us a little more background on the beautiful Laurie (seriously, who cares about Peggy). Just a lot of journalistic jargon here that has been assembled and copied from other sources. If you are new to the Runaways it may be ok, apart from being a boring read. You can find all the info on the net.
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Pretty good, nice to see all the main players involved but a bit 'technical' as far as some of the descriptions go. Star of the show is Sandy, brought a tear to my eye when the auther talks about her dying. Another aspect of this remarkable group of very young girls.
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Most stuff written about the Runaways is from a single members perspective this is a really thorough study of the band and the lives around it from all viewpoints.
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