viernes, 10 de julio de 2009

Sandy West

Publicamos hoy esta entrada como un homenaje a Sandy West, batería de The Runaways, que hoy cumpliría 50 años si no nos hubiera dejado el 21 de octubre de 2006.
Rock'n'Roll de Lou Reed con The Runaways en Japon, 1977

The Runaways fue una banda (mítica, claro) de la segunda mitad de los 70 del siglo pasado (esto queda como histórico).
Queens of Noise con The Runaways en Japón, 1977

Driven by her ambition to play professionally, she sought out fellow musicians and other industry contacts in southern California with the idea of forming an all girl rock band. In 1975 she met producer Kim Fowley, who gave her the phone number of another young musician in the area, guitarist Joan Jett. When Joan and Sandy met shortly thereafter (Joan took a bus to Sandy's home to play through some songs) there was a palpable synergy between them, and the inception of the eventual Runaways arguably took place that day. The girls subsequently played for Fowley, who agreed to help them find other female musicians to round out the band, most notably Lita Ford and Cherie Currie.

Sandy West Band: Attraction & I Know where

After four years of recording and touring the world, The Runaways disbanded in 1979. As is often the case in the recording industry, the musicians, including Sandy, were not left with much of the revenue produced during the band's tenure. Sandy made varied attempts to continue her career as a professional musician, playing with other acts in southern California, releasing a solo album "The Beat is Back", and forming The Sandy West Band. None of these ventures produced significant income, so Sandy was forced to spend most of her post-Runaways years working outside music.

Sandy West Band: Lost in Loves Magic

Sandy appeared in the film "Edgeplay", a documentary about The Runaways produced and directed by the band's former bassist Victory Tischler-Blue, providing some of the more poignant interview segments, describing the things she needed to do post-Runaways for money. She worked mostly in construction, and spent a small amount of time as a bartender and a veterinary assistant. In other parts of the Edgeplay interviews, she alludes to the fact that she engaged in criminal activity in order to make ends meet (e.g., she describes how she had to break someone's arm for money they owed). She wraps up the interview nearly in tears, still confused as to why The Runaways couldn't get back together and keep playing. By her own admission in 2004, she never got over the band's demise.

SANDY WEST "Wild Thing" last message from a great Friend

In 2005, Sandy was diagnosed with lung cancer, which later progressed to a brain tumor, and she died on October 21, 2006 at the age of 47. Joan Jett said in a statement, “We shared the dream of girls playing rock and roll. Sandy was an exuberant and powerful drummer,” adding, “I am overcome from the loss of my friend. I always told her we changed the world.” Cherie Currie, the initial lead singer of The Runaways, said, "Sandy West was by far, the greatest female drummer in the history of rock and roll. No one could compete or even come close to her, but the most important was her heart. Sandy West loved her fans, her friends and family almost to a fault. She would do absolutely anything for the people she loved. It will never be the same for me again to step on a stage, because Sandy West was the best and I will miss her forever."

Joan Jett -Sandy West Tribute-In Loving Memory R.I.P

The title says it all really... it's Sandy's birthday today - and she would have been 50 years old. Unfortunately, as we all know, cancer took her 3 years ago. We believe she is 'thumpin them tubs' in a better place now, so let's raise a glass and all hail the Queen Of Noise. Rest peaceful Sandy. God bless x

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