In this episode, Cherie Currie and Jackie Fox join the Runaways, and co-founding member Kari Krome leaves. There's also some myth-busting of popular Runaways lore such as the origin of "Cherry Bomb,” an introduction to Hollywood punk icon Pleasant Gehman, and some exploration on the social and cultural obstacles that made/make taking a stand against abusive figures like Kim Fowley, difficult.
Content warning: This episode discusses sexual violence.
“I Woke Up in a Parallel Universe” by Jackie Fuchs (Jackie Fox)
“What Should We Say About David Bowie and Lori Maddox?” by Jia Tolentino
“Lobotomy: LA’s Greatest Unknown Punk Rock Fanzine” by Howie Pyro
Other sources for this episode include:
Neon Angel by Cherie Currie
Living Like a Runaway by Lita Ford
We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk by Marc Spitz and Brendan Mullen
Mayor of the Sunset Strip (documentary) [ Amazon Prime ]
Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways (documentary)
I read, watched, and conducted as many interviews as possible to make this podcast. Only a fraction of the interviews I find or conduct appear in episodes, but all voice-acted parts are dramatizations of real quotes or interactions described in written interviews.
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Cat DeBacker (Cherie Currie) is a culture writer.
Scott Plant (Kim Fowley) plays in the band Droids Blood.
Kat Buckley (Lita Ford) is an art historian and curator.
Johnna Jackson (Joan Jett) is a writer and organizer.
Molly Claire Berkson (Jackie Fox) is a print artist.
Culture writer KT Hawbaker was a developmental editor for this episode.
All music that appeared in this episode is from a royalty-free music library or the creative commons, with the exception of the outro, which is “Wavelengths” by Death Valley. (Seriously, pre-order their upcoming record. You won’t regret it.) The soundbyte of Kim Fowley describing himself as sexually abusive is from The Mayor of Sunset Strip.
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