Musician and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Kathy Valentine has traveled the country performing on tours with The Go-Go’s and other bands. But next week will be the first time she comes to Odessa for an event.
Valentine, along with fellow Go-Go members including Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey, Gina Schock and Jane Wiedlin, were inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame last year.
The group made history as the only all-female rock band to write and perform their own music and land the top spot on the music charts.
Now, Odessans will have the chance to hear the famous musician at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ector Theater, where she will discuss her memoir, ‘All I ever Wanted,’ with Odessa Arts executive director Randy Ham, and answer questions. public.
The event was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic wiped out everything, so all my book promotions disappeared,” Valentine said in a phone interview. “I’m happy that part of it came back. The event at the Ector Theater for the Arts in Odessa was one that came back and I was really happy because they approached me through my editor at University of Texas Press. They seem to have a good relationship.
“It was highly recommended that it was something I would enjoy. I get to choose what I do and it’s something that felt a bit different to me because it’s in a theater and I’m doing a presentation which is a photo background presentation and all.
Valentine, who is known for playing bass for the famous pop punk band, has maintained a career in music through songwriting, recording, performing and touring.
Valentine currently resides in Austin, where she has spent most of her life, but since her father is from Lubbock, she has spent a lot of time in West Texas.
“I spent much of my childhood in the Panhandle and traveled to the Permian Basin,” Valentine said. “I had been to Marfa, Alpine and Marathon, this trio of towns. I haven’t spent much time in Odessa, so I’m looking forward to it.”
His book, which was published by UT Press, came out two years ago at the start of the pandemic.
“It was released right at the start of the pandemic, which isn’t great for a rookie author,” Valentine said.
However, since then she says her book has been well received and has only just been published in England.
“I’m happy,” Valentine said. “It did really well. I’m proud of it and I’m getting wonderful responses from readers.
Her book is described as “a story of a roller coaster ride of drugs, sex and music, and a story of what it takes to succeed and find yourself even when it all comes crashing down”.
She said it took about three years to write the memoir, which included an eight-month sabbatical away from writing.
Valentine joined The Go-Go’s when they formed in Los Angeles on the punk rock scene in 1978.
The quintet’s debut album “Beauty and the Beat” topped the Billboard album chart, which was a first for an all-female band writing their own material and playing their own instruments.
Valentine said growing up in the 70s meant there was no shortage of musical influence.
“Everyone from ZZ Top to the Rolling Stones to the Beatles,” she said. “I was just into rock ‘n’ roll. David Bowie and all the music of the 70s and late 60s, I would say, influenced me, but my musical tastes are quite broad. I like jazz and hip-hop. I grew up in Austin where there was good country and a lot of blues. I think for me, as a musician, I’m informed by all the good music (including) radio when I was young (like) Motown and R&B. Influences are part of everything.
Fame and success would follow Valentine and The Go-Go’s, but there would also be downs.
The group will separate in 1985 before reforming in 1990 then again in 1995 and again from 1999 to today.
The band recently completed a tour in March.
“I joined the team at 21,” Valentine said. “We made an album when I was 22. We topped the charts a year later. He was very successful at a very young age. It was exciting.”
However, Valentine said none of them “were very mature or evolved as humans” at the time.
“We weren’t the most compassionate people and didn’t have the best communication skills,” Valentine said. “It was very successful at a young age and it ended up breaking us up in 1985 and we got back together in 1990 and worked on and off since 1990 and 1995.”
But Valentine says they still feel like family.
“These are people you know who will always be a part of your life that you don’t always get along with or that you don’t always get along with, but you have a connection because there’s a lot of shared history. We also made some great, timeless music that I’m really proud of. … It’s a very special group. … What we have endured over generations through time and that is something we can be proud of.
When the Go-Gos were honored in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame last year, it was an accomplishment she and the other band members won’t forget.
“It was a really fun and exciting night,” Valentine said. “We were surrounded by a lot of very well known and loved people in music, from Paul McCartney to Carole King. It was very exciting to be in the middle of it all.
She also described the induction as completion.
“I felt like there was no ‘What else could we accomplish?'” Valentine said. “The band isn’t really active anymore so it was a nice way to end it. It was like the end of a story that started a long time ago.
Valentine says that when it comes to musical creativity, inspiration can come from anywhere.
“To be creative, you’re always receptive to what inspires you,” Valentine said. “It could be anything. Inspiration, if you are receptive and open, can be found in conversations. You can find it by reading something. It may be an idea. It can be the thought or something on the radio. Inspiration can be anywhere, so the hurdle I think with creativity is putting in the time and effort and finishing and completing and making something you’re happy with.
Ham spoke of his excitement at being able to bring Valentine in after a two-year delay.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer here, so that in itself is very exciting,” he said. “I personally grew up listening to The Go-Go’s and so to be able to sit five feet from someone I’ve listened to and appreciated throughout my life is the icing on the cake for how beautiful my work.”
Ham also encourages local musicians to come to the event.
“It’s going to be really exciting talking to her, but more importantly, I want to encourage our local musicians who are trying to find a way to make their mark in the business to come out and listen to her because she has some words of wisdom. of how to put things together and be successful in the music business,” Ham said. allows us to connect all of these musicians with people who need a band for fundraising or partying.”
If you are going to
- What: Authors at the Ector with Kathy Valentine.
- When: 7 p.m. on April 14.
- Or: Eector Theater.
- Where to buy tickets: tinyurl.com/485hwanv