The GoGo’s Kathy Valentine – Memoir ” All I Ever Wanted” – Due April 9, Book Tour Announced

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(Los Angeles, CA) – January 30, 2020 – From Kathy Valentine, a member of the groundbreaking, all-female rock band – The Go-Go’s – comes All I Ever Wanted – A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir (on sale 4/9/20; hardcover; $26.95; ISBN: 978-1-4773-1233-9).  Beginning in March, Valentine will embark on a number of special book and musical appearances where she will read selections from the memoir and discuss her experiences before, during, and after the Go-Go’s rise to fame. Performing songs, signing books and in conversation with a host of friends, colleagues and kindred spirits, these get togethers promise to be more than a typical literary event.

Coinciding with All I Ever WantedValentine is releasing a soundtrack with each new work inspired by the chapters of her memoir.

Pre-orders available, here. See below for full itinerary with more events to be announced shortly.

Kathy Valentine’s story is a roller coaster of sex, drugs, and of course music; it’s also a story of what it takes to not only find success but, find yourself, even when it all comes crashing down.  At twenty-one, Valentine was in the iconic venue 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 in the aftermath.

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 Police and Rod Stewart to John Belushi and Rob Lowe, All I Ever Wanted is a deeply personal reflection on a life spent in music.

“Tour Daze”
(photo credit: from authors collection)

“Like a scorching guitar solo emerging from the prettiest pop song, Kathy Valentine’s All I Ever Wanted blows away every other music memoir out there. It’s the raw, real story of a Texas girl who raised herself and became a legend through sheer grit and talent, from raucous rocker to pop princess and back again. In prose that is powerful and relatable and unsentimental and funny and scary, Valentine takes readers from the depths of a dark childhood to the electric heights of superstardom. It’s a stunning journey, masterfully told.”
— Augusten Burroughs, author of Running With Scissors

“All I Ever Wanted” Book Events with Kathy Valentine & Special Guests where noted:
March 28          Woodstock Bookfest                      Woodstock, NY
April 3               Book People                                  Austin, TX (with John Doe)
April 4               SABF                                             San Antonio, TX
April 7               Book Soup/W. Hwd Library           Los Angeles, CA (with Kathleen Hanna)
April 8               Green Apple                                  San Francisco, CA (with Gina Schock)
April 15             NY Public Library                           New York, NY (with Anthony DeCurtis)
April 20             Greenlight @ St. Joseph’s             Brooklyn, NY (with Lizz Winstead)
April 26             Cactus Music                                 Houston, TX
May 2               Books in the Basin Festival            Odessa, TX
May 7-8            Mom 2.0 Conference                     Los Angeles, CA
May TBA          Parnassus                                      Nashville, TN (with Ann Powers)
May TBA          Lark & Owl                                     Georgetown, TX
May 17             Antone’s                                         Austin, TX (with Jody Denberg)
May 19             Nowhere Books                             San Antonio, TX (with Jenny Lawson)
May 22             Fabled Books                                Waco, TX
May 28             Once Somerville                            Boston, MA (with Tanya Donnelly)
August 15         Rock and Roll Hall of Fame          Cleveland, OH

More Events TBA


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