SCHOOL'S OUT 1976-77: THE RUNAWAYS IN THE UK
Hanging Around Books' first release of 2020 is “SCHOOL'S OUT 1976-77 : THE RUNAWAYS IN THE UK" (HA030) and features rare and previously unseen photographs of The Runaways taken by Andre Csillag in London during 1976 and 1977.
As Andre states in the book's introduction:
"Having already shot The Runaways live at the Roundhouse in October 1976, I didn’t need to be asked twice to attend their 1977 Hammersmith Odeon show and after-party for the promotion of ‘Waitin’ for the Night’, the band’s third studio album."
"Cherie Currie and Jackie Fox had left the band and the Hammersmith show would feature a new line-up with Joan Jett taking over permanently on lead vocals with new recruit Vicki Blue on bass guitar. Leather biker jackets and jeans replaced Cherie’s jump-suits and lingerie and the sound had become more hardcore rock’n’roll."
"The after-show party was held in a very seedy London pub, some miles from the venue. Events were in full swing by the time the band arrived with many of the guests already thoroughly worse for wear. At some point a curly-permed male stripper leaped out of a prop-cake. Was it because ‘Queens of Noise’, the band’s previous album cover had featured all the girls holding onto stripper poles? No one will ever know!"
"Joan Jett took one look at proceedings and hightailed it back to the hotel, while Lita Ford melted into the crowd. On the other hand, Sandy West and Vicki Blue took to it all like ducks to water, helping their very own exotic dancer along with his act. At the climax of the “show” Lita did reappear from the back of the room seemingly approving of the spectacle before her."
"This sorry episode was duly photographed for posterity by yours truly and has barely seen the light of day... until now."
“School's Out 1976-77 : The Runaways In The UK" (HA030)
Photography by Andre Csillag.
© 2019 Andre Csillag & Hanging Around Books
A limited edition of 250 copies.
Digitally printed A5 paperback photozine. 36 pages.
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