The Girl in the Back: A Female Drummer's Life with Bowie Blondie and the '70s Rock Scene

The Girl in the Back: A Female Drummer's Life with Bowie Blondie and the '70s Rock Scene

by Laura Davis-Chanin


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(Book). Nineteen seventy-seven. New York City. Dark. Dangerous. Thrilling. Punk Rock. Blondie. David Bowie. Drinking. Drugs. Happening at the speed of light. Seventeen-year old Laura, quaking within her skin while the bursting punk rock revolution explodes around her, starts a band with her teenage friends called the Student Teachers. She's the drummer. They play legendary clubs CBGB, Max's Kansas City, Hurrah they rehearse madly, write songs, and tour the East Coast. All between final exams at school. In comes Jimmy Destri from Blondie. He thinks the Student Teachers are terrific! And then he falls in love with Laura. He pulls her into the glamorous life of Blondie and introduces her to David Bowie. Bowie takes an interest in Laura's band, attends their rehearsals, and sets them up to open for Iggy Pop at the Palladium on Halloween 1979. It's exhilarating! It's the beginning of amazing success in rock 'n' roll! Until it all comes to a stunning stop. After playing a show at Town Hall in 1980, Laura is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Does it all fall apart? Later, at a dinner with Bowie, he whispers something to Laura. And it helps her save her life. In prose that flows like music, Laura Davis-Chanin presents a rich work of narrative nonfiction that is not only deeply personal but also revealing of the punk rock heyday in New York City. Infused with rare photographs, this book is a journey through a unique, ephemeral life experience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617136870
Publisher: Backbeat
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1

1 The Man Who Fell to Earth 3

2 Three Years Later 5

3 It Started in Berlin 7

4 Nuclei 15

5 The Mumps 27

6 Sentience 33

7 From the Eye-Catcher to the Caught 39

8 Exorcised 47

9 Dalton v. Trinity 55

10 Without a Chief 65

11 A Busy Man 71

12 Hypnotic 79

13 Phantasm 85

14 Surge 93

15 Never Gettin' Outta Here 103

16 Christmas Weather 107

17 Contravention 119

18 Cannoli 125

Part 2

19 Mars 133

20 Spikes 139

21 Intemperance 149

22 Roof Party 155

23 Titular 163

24 Machiavellian 171

25 Marilyn Always Knew 177

26 Stringent 183

27 11:59 193

28 Luke and Laura 197

29 The Elephant Man 209

Part 3

30 Three Years Earlier 219

31 Locus 225

32 Ear Inn 231

33 Divestiture 237

Redeployed 239

Possibly, Hopefully, Maybe, Very Good Stuff 249

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