Kathy Valentine will release memoir, All I Ever Wanted, along with a Soundtrack to the book


At twenty-one, Kathy Valentine was at the Whisky in Los Angeles when she met a guitarist from a fledgling band called the Go-Go’s—and the band needed a bassist. The Go-Go’s became the first multi-platinum-selling, all-female band to play instruments themselves, write their own songs, and have a number one album. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 and featured the hit songs “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed.” The record’s success brought the pressures of a relentless workload and schedule culminating in a wild, hazy, substance-fueled tour that took the band from the club circuit to arenas, where fans, promoters, and crew were more than ready to keep the party going.

For Valentine, the band’s success was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream—but it’s only part of her story. All I Ever Wanted traces the path that took her from her childhood in Texas—where she all but raised herself—to the height of rock ‘n’ roll stardom, devastation after the collapse of the band that had come to define her, and the quest to regain her sense of self after its end. Valentine also speaks candidly about the lasting effects of parental betrayal, abortion, rape, and her struggles with drugs and alcohol—and the music that saved her every step of the way.

Kathy Valentine Announces Book Tour for All I Ever Wanted

Hey! I’m going on my first book tour in support of my memoir “All I Ever Wanted: A RocknRoll Memoir.” The book and accompanying soundtrack will be available at the end of March. Follow the schedule below and be sure to check this site for updates and added tour dates. Each one of these will be a specialized, unique event.

Wednesday, March 18 – Austin, TX 
SXSW/Talk and Book Signing Austin Convention Center, 3rd Floor Room 10C 3:30-4:30

Thursday, March 26 – Philadelphia   Private Event

Saturday, March 28 – Woodstock, NY  
Woodstock Book Fest 4pm.

Friday, April 3 – Austin  
Book People w/John Doe   7pm 

Saturday April 4 – San Antonio, TX (schedule TBA)
San Antonio Book Festival  

Tuesday April 7 – Los Angeles, CA
Book Soup w/Kathleen Hanna Offsite at West Hollywood Library, City Council Chambers 7-9pm                                                                                                                         Tickets Here This will sell out! Get tickets now!

Wednesday April 8 – San Francisco, CA
Green Apple Books w/Gina Schock and Carvell Wallace (1231 9th Ave location) 7:30pm 

Wednesday, April 15 – New York, NY
NYPL for the Performing Arts Cafe w/Anthony DeCurtis  7-9pm  More Info Soon!

Saturday, April 18 – Austin. Private Event

Monday, April 20 – Brooklyn, NY
Greenlight Books, offsite at St. Joseph’s College w/Lizz Winstead  7:30-9:30pm                                                                                                                                                         
 
Tuesday, April 21 –  Ridgewood, New Jersey  
Bookends  6pm  not yet listed, keep checking!
 
Thursday April 23 – Austin, TX                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
 

Sunday April 26 – Houston, TX
Cactus Music w/ Bob Ruggerio 3pm

Monday, April 27 – Chicago, ILL
Anderson’s Book Shop (LaGrange location) 7pm 

Saturday, May 2 – Odessa, TX
 
Monday, May 4 – Austin, TX  Private event
Tuesday, May 5 – Austin, TX Private event
 
Friday, May 8 – Los Angeles, CA 
 
Monday, May 11 – Nashville, TN  
Parnassus Books w/Ann Powers. Book discussion and signing. 6:30pm 
 
Saturday, May 16 – Georgetown, TX
 
Sunday May 17 – Austin, TX  
 
Tuesday, May 19 – San Antonio, TX 
 
Friday, May 22 – Waco TX. Fabled Books with/Sarah Hickman 
 
Saturday May 23 – Chapel Hill, NC
 
Wednesday May 27 – Cleveland OH 
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  w/surprise guest (More Info TBA)
 
Thursday, May 28 – Boston, MA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Once Somerville w/Tanya Donnelly   (More Info TBA)  

Saturday, June 6 – Birmingham, AL
Thank You Books (More info TBA)