(Cancelled) WeHo Reads: Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go's discusses and signs "All I Ever Wanted: A Rock n' Roll Memoir"
- Date: April 07, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- Location: West Hollywood City Council Chambers
625 N San Vicente Blvd
West Hollywood, California 90069
Joining Kathy Valentine in conversation will be musician, artist, & pioneer of the feminist punk riot grrrl movement, Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, Julie Ruin).
At twenty-one, Kathy Valentine was at the Whisky on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood when she met a guitarist from a fledgling band called the Go-Go's--and the band needed a bassist. The Go-Go's became the first multi-platinum-selling, all-female band to play instruments themselves, write their own songs, and have a number one album. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 and featured the hit songs "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed." The record's success brought the pressures of a relentless workload and schedule culminating in a wild, hazy, substance-fueled tour that took the band from the club circuit to arenas, where fans, promoters, and crew were more than ready to keep the party going. For Valentine, the band's success was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream--but it's only part of her story. All I Ever Wanted traces the path that took her from her childhood in Texas--where she all but raised herself--to the height of rock 'n' roll stardom, devastation after the collapse of the band that had come to define her, and the quest to regain her sense of self after its end. Valentine also speaks candidly about the lasting effects of parental betrayal, abortion, rape, and her struggles with drugs and alcohol--and the music that saved her every step of the way. Populated with vivid portraits of Valentine's interactions during the 1980s with musicians and actors from the Police and Rod Stewart to John Belushi and Rob Lowe, All I Ever Wanted is a deeply personal reflection on a life spent in music. (University of Texas Press)
Questions about the event? Please call Book Soup at 310-659-3110 or visit www.booksoup.com
For more information on the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads program please visit www.weho.org/wehoreads.
Ticket purchase required ($30+tax, includes one copy of the book) from Book Soup (www.booksoup.com).
A limited number of free tickets (which do not include a copy of the book) will be provided to West Hollywood residents upon providing proof of residency via a government ID, lease or utility bill. Please confirm your address is in West Hollywood by visiting www.weho.org/streets, and email Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve tickets. There is a limit of 2 tickets per person and tickets may not be resold.