The Girl in the Back: A Female Drummer’s Life with Bowie, Blondie, and the ’70s Rock Scene

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The ’70s rock scene was something else. The second wave of punk was on the rise, Blondie was in ascendance, and David Bowie remained an elusive icon of cool. It was a heady time for Laura Davis, and she would forge a curious path in rock n’ roll history during her time with the Student Teachers, one of the lesser-celebrated bands of the era.

The Girl in the Back is Laura’s autobiographical look at a seminal time in rock history. Marking her page in history as one of the first female drummers to make an impact, Laura shares the mind-blowing story of teenage rock stars in WAY over their heads, the rise of the hardcore drug scene, and a self-destructive love story only rock n’ roll can deliver.

Davis is as honest about her missteps as she is about her fandom, a charmingly flawed figure. By the time her devastating diagnosis is revealed, you feel like a long-time friend who has ridden the highs and lows alongside her. It’s quite a trip.

The Girl in the Back is far more than a coming-of-age story, it’s a celebration of the transformative power of punk rock, both on a personal and a generational level.


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Author Laura Davis-Chanin
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 272 pages
Publisher Backbeat Books
Publish Date 2018-May-15
ISBN 9781617136870
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Issue August 2018
Category Music & Movies
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