Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Rocker Kathy Valentine to Pen Memoir for University of Texas Press

Couldn't be more proud of my friend. As anyone who read her secret Twitter memoir knows, this story goes way beyond the valley of the Go-Go's -- her life has truly been like a movie!

From a release:
UT Press is excited to announce that musician, songwriter, and former Go-Go Kathy Valentine has signed an agreement to write her first book – a memoir. 
Formed in 1978 in Los Angeles, the Go-Go's made music history as the first all-female group to perform, write and release a number one album in the U.S. Valentine joined the band in 1980, switching from her Texas guitar roots to play bass for the band. She was also one of the group's three primary composers, and co-wrote three of the band's hit singles from 1980-1985. Hugely influential and popular, the Go-Go's released four albums while together, and remained a popular touring entity for decades.

Valentine’s memoir will be a coming-of-age story about a girl finding her way in the world through music. Valentine did more than find her way, however, she became part of one of the most successful all-female bands in history and experienced all of the thrills and dangerous temptations of a rock star.

Kathy Valentine’s book will join recent UT Press music books written by or about female musicians including: Kristin Hersh’s Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt, her memoir about the late singer songwriter, named one of the best books of 2015 by NPR; Real Love, No Drama: The Music of Mary J. Blige, the first serious look at Blige’s entire musical career by Danny Alexander; and Madonnaland: And Other Detours into Fame and Fandom, a light-hearted exploration of celebrity and fandom, by Alina Simone.

UPDATE: She's also making a movie!

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