LITA FORD Looks Back On THE RUNAWAYS Break-Up - "We Weren't A Team; We Were Going In Different Musical Directions"

September 24, 2017, 6 years ago

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LITA FORD Looks Back On THE RUNAWAYS Break-Up - "We Weren't A Team; We Were Going In Different Musical Directions"

Lita Ford, solo artist and former member of The Runaways, is featured in a new interview with Guitars Exchange. Following is an excerpt from the discussion:

Q: What inspired you to write an autobiography among everything else?   

Lita: "I have always loved writing music but when Guitar player magazine and Marshall amplification dubbed me the 'first lady of rock guitar', I thought ‘I've got to write a book, I've got to put it out there’, because I went through things and I had to do things as a woman in a man's world that no other female really did before.  There were artists out there before me like Suzi Quatro and Fanny , but I don't think they were anything like the Runaways, with such good stories to tell.  I wrote it without any assistance and it took forever, but I am very proud of it."

Q: What do you mean by "You went through things a man doesn´t have to"?   

Lita: "Well it is a battle trying to get people to listen to you - men especially. I know what my guitar is supposed to sound like, I know my tools, I know my game, I know my volumes for the room, but then some guy comes along and says: 'No, you need to do this' and it is those words that really get me  When I hear those words come out - that's it, you are done! Yes I do know what I need, if you don´t understand then you are the wrong person for my team.  I've got a great team now, and they never ask me that question."

Q: Looking back now to the Runaways period, do you have any new perspective on why the band broke up?   

Lita: "We weren't happy with what we were doing.  We weren't a team. Joan (Jett) and Cherie (Currie) were very much a team and Joan and I tried but we really didn't click musically. I wanted to play heavy metal and Joan wanted to play - well, her first hit was 'I love Rock n Roll', which was very pop rock and it took off and did great; whereas I released 'Out for Blood'. We were going in different musical directions."  

Read the complete interview here.

Lita Ford has unveiled her Kiss Me Deadly Apparel line of clothing. "I always get compliments on my clothes and accessories; 'Lita I wish we could wear that, or where did you buy that, I want one!'"

"Well, now's your chance to be the first to check out the Kiss Me Deadly Apparel clothing line. Doesn't matter how old you are or what you do for a living, there is something in this clothing line for everyone," says Lita. More items added soon.

Visit the Kiss Me Deadly Apparel online shop by clicking here.

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