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Edgeplay - A Film About the Runaways

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Carefully packaged and groomed for success, The Runaways built an image for themselves out of their consciously trashy costumes, frank lyrics, and straightforward, hard-rocking sound. Closely managed by the industry-savvy Kim Fowley, they were also accused of being a gimmick, and the fact that a few of them were still learning how to play their instruments didn't do much to dissuade this notion. The fact remains, however, that the controversy surrounding them in the late 1970s had as much to do with American culture's expectations and morality, and the buttons they pushed were important ones. Their confrontational sexuality and unabashed attitude paved the way for future generations of female musicians, and Runaway Joan Jett has been an inspiration to the countless riot grrls who followed in her wake. This documentary by Victory Tischler-Blue--also a bass player for the band--traces The Runaway's path into the limelight and their consequent descent into drug abuse and conflicts with their management. The originators of "jailbait rock" are presented in a multifaceted, insightful portrait, highlighting the difficulties encountered by an all-girl group during that era, and offering an inspiration to future generations.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SAC2089DVD

  • Critic Reviews
    "[Their] short four-year run in platform boots and fishnets was rife with high drama and dysfunction..."

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