What a Creep
Season 16, Episode 7
When Kim Fowley died of bladder cancer on January 15, 2015, most headlines read that he was an underground rock and roll/LA legend who managed “The Runaways” in the 1970s. He was a tall, peculiar eccentric who never had the fame he craved but had a cult-like following of slavish fans who will miss him. Some outlets, like, NPR, mentioned he was a Svengali who seemed to prey on teenage girls.
In reality, everything you have heard about (and will hear today) about him is true. He was a striking, creative, intelligent artist/salesman and a cruel, ugly, pathetic, sexually abusive creep who left several women in his wake. He never paid for his crimes, but he was never a financial success either. He was NEVER as famous as he wanted to be. His body and mind, which he used to dominate and hurt others, failed him throughout his life.
Trigger Warnings: Sexual assault, verbal abuse, and drug use
Sources for this episode:
- Kim Fowley Wikipedia
- EW.com Jackie Fox Accuses Kim Fowley of Rape
- Huff Post.com
- Pitchfork 2
- Evelyn McDonald’s Blog Populism
- Evelyn McDonald Queens of Noise: The Real Story of The Runaways (2014)
- Cheri Curie Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway (1989/2010)
- Kim Fowley: Lord of Garbage (2012)
- The Guardian
- Los Angeles Times
- Jackie Fox Facebook Post
- Kathy Valentine’s Facebook Post
- Boing Boing
- Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways by former Runways bassist Victory Tischler-Blue (2004) aka “Vicky Blue.”
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