The Go-Go’s Documentary premieres on Showtime on July 31st! I’m happy to have a film that celebrates our achievements and the amazing journey of a great band. A band that came of age on the streets of the LA punk scene and went all the way to the top.
Kathy will be doing a live conversation with Kathleen Hanna to discuss her new memoir ALL I EVER WANTED. This live event is in conjunction with Book Soup. 05/12 6PM (PST) Register at: WWW.CROWDCAST.IO/E/KATHY-VALENTINE-IN/REGISTER
I was going to be in person at Greenlight Books in Brooklyn on this date at this time. Then, coronavirus. But guess what?! You can still tune in! Please join us, and if you haven’t ordered a book yet, this would be a good day, time, and place to request a copy! xxKV
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
Greenlight Books, offsite at St. Joseph’s College w/Lizz Winstead 7:30-9:30pm
Bookends 6pm not yet listed, keep checking!
Saturday, June 6 – Birmingham, AL
Thank You Books (More info TBA)
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. Populated with vivid portraits of Valentine’s interactions during the 1980s with musicians and actors from the
The film I did in 2016 has been making some indie festival rounds and just got distribution. I play the role of Jan, a cynical and struggling bar owner who always does what’s right even if she’s pissed about it. And, I won my very first acting award, for “best supporting actress” from the Prison City Film Festival! Here are a few stills from the movie.
I have all but finished my memoir for UT Press. Things are on schedule for a 2020 release. We’re keeping the title and details under wrap for a while, but I’m SO excited. In the meantime, I’m working on a soundtrack to the book. This will be a solo record, my first since 2005, inspired by the writing, the chapters, the feelings and memories. The story spans 20 years and if I’ve done my job right, will leave you wanting a second one with the next 20!