THE LONG-AWAITED MEMOIR AND ACCOMPANYING SOUNDTRACK FROM KATHY VALENTINE WILL RELEASE ON MARCH 31, 2020
March 16, 2020 – With the immediate health crisis of the COVID-19 virus, Kathy Valentine has decided to postpone the upcoming book tour in support of her soon to be released memoir, All I Ever Wanted – A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir.
“These are difficult times and they are hitting us all really hard. Having to
postpone my scheduled book tour dates is heartbreaking as a first-time author, but my publisher and I believe it is the only course to take. My first concern is the health and well-being of all of you who bought tickets and books for these events. The next priority is supporting the book shops who have so willingly supported the release of “All I Ever Wanted.” Please keep an eye out for digital surprises and more from me. Together apart we can get through this.”
Kathy Valentine, a member of the groundbreaking, all-female rock band – The Go-Go’s – will release All I Ever Wanted – A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir (on sale 3/31/20; hardcover; $26.95; ISBN: 978-1-4773-1233-9) on March 31, 2020. Coinciding with All I Ever Wanted, Valentine is releasing an accompanying soundtrack with each new work inspired by the chapters of her memoir.
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.
Current “All I Ever Wanted” Book Events with Kathy Valentine & Special Guests where noted:
May 11 Parnassus Nashville, TN (with Ann Powers)
May 16 Lark & Owl Georgetown, TX
May 17 Antone’s Austin, TX
May 19 Nowhere Books San Antonio, TX (with Jenny Lawson)
May 22 Fabled Books Waco, TX
May 27 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Cleveland, OH
May 28 Once Somerville Boston, MA (with Tanya Donnelly)
Rescheduled Events will be announced as soon as possible