LOS ANGELES CA—Go-Go’s drummer Gina Schock, self-appointed historian of the most famous girl band in history, still has the beat. Her new release is a collectible photo trip through the band’s rollercoaster ride of history. Releasing within weeks of their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, these are the times to lay down a wicked beat.
Schock tells Patch that the Go-Go’s have no intention to slow down.
“Made In Hollywood” is a hard-covered, glossy paged journey into the past. It opens with the band’s beginnings when she joined up with the Go-Go’s to add her definitive beat. Schock brought the tempo, and they brought the fun, Schock said in a recent interview.
“(The girls) needed the beat, a little shot in the arm, uptempo,” she said. “I brought in a professional attitude and they brought the fun, punk scene. It ended up blending into beautiful support of each other that is still going to this day.”
The women grew up together at the Roxy, performing in tiny venues to stadiums. They faced hurdles and obstacles, many of their own making, and survived the 80s rock scene to tell the tale from the other side.
“The Go-Go’s were so lucky to have been in LA at that time in history, and still be here to tell the tale,” Schock said. “I feel like, ‘here we are so many years later!’ Things keep happening, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the book release, and we are all still here and able to enjoy this. Making music, and loving what we’re doing.”
Each page of Schock’s story is a work of art, granting her readers a backstage pass into life on the road. Each turn to the next photo essay is a testament that Schock is one of the biggest music fans you’ll ever meet.
Schock’s photos capture some of the biggest bands of their era, from the Police, Rolling Stones, to David Bowie. Behind each picture is a story. In the pages, she shares a look at life with the Go-Go’s, through their break-ups and make-ups. She takes you into the Playboy mansion and beyond the hospital operating room following her heart surgery which changed the band’s trajectory.
“Made in Hollywood” is an intimate portrait of how this group has managed to stay together through thick and thin in a time where not everyone carried around a camera everywhere they went.
The band is not political, they are just here for the fun. The story of the Go-Go’s boils down to one thing, according to Schock.
“It happened,” she said, “and we are so grateful.”
Schock prepares to return to her second home in Los Angeles, the place where everything starts for this band.
She is attending her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame VIP After Party & Book Launch at Harley Laguna Beach in early November, and another in West Hollywood after the band’s induction in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Drew Barrymore is slated to induct the band at the October 30th ceremony and concert in Cleveland, Ohio. The show will be aired sometime later on HBO and streamed on HBO Max, with simulcasts via satellite radio.
Joining Schock are bandmates Charlotte Caffey (lead guitar, keyboard), Belinda Carlisle (lead vocals), Kathy Valentine (bass) and Jane Wiedlin (guitar, vocals). The group has had its ups and downs but has survived to come out on the other side.
They’re preparing a European tour with Billy Idol, among other new adventures.
On October 29, the entire band will be interviewed live by Rock Hall Director of Education Mandy Smith and SiriusXM host Lori Majewski. Tickets to that outdoor interview sold out almost immediately, and Rock Hall is streaming it for free on its YouTube and Facebook channels. Unless it rains or snows, which is possible entirely possible with Cleveland weather.
“As the most successful all-woman rock band of all time,” stated the Rock Hall when announcing the 2021 inductees earlier this year, “the Go-Go’s performed catchy, well-crafted songs that formed a bridge between the brash urgency of L.A. punk and the dark melodies of new wave pop.”
Those catchy tunes were largely due to the drumbeats that set the tone for such iconic melodies as “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “We’ve Got The Beat.” The Go-Go’s are the first of the original Los Angeles punk bands to be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame. And it’s about time.
“The Go-Go’s circumvented record label sexism and signed with IRS Records in 1981,” continued the announcement. “Their debut album ‘Beauty and the Beat’ was released later that year and became the first (and, to date, only) album by an all-woman band that played its own instruments and wrote its own songs to top the Billboard albums chart.“
The irresistible LP and their charisma took them from playing “dive bars to Madison Square Garden” in less than a year, as Wiedlin says in the trailer to “The Go-Go’s.” The feature-length documentary debuted at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was directed by Alison Ellwood.
During the lockdown, Schock’s bandmate Valentine released a book called “All I Ever Wanted,” a more personal story of life as a member of the Go-Go’s than Schock’s group scrapbook. Both Go-Go’s writers will be signing books at the Rock Hall at an event the day before the induction ceremony.
As for the young women who follow in their footsteps? Schock advises: “Keep the faith, push forward, don’t take no for an answer. Believe in yourself. All the things that if you had good parents, they instil in you. If you can make someone feel better, that’s what this band is about.”
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