Trailblazer. Inspiration. Survivor. Suzi Q is the definitive, unexpurgated story of the girl from Detroit City who redefined the role and image of women in rock ‘n’ roll when she broke through around the world in 1973. The trailblazer and inspiration for a generation of female rock musicians who followed her, Suzi Q reminds contemporary audiences of her pioneering influence, white-hot talent and string of incandescent pop-rock hits.
Testimony is duly made by a string of rock luminaries, with focus on the women who followed the roadmap Suzi charted for them. Exiled to Europe during her success yet now largely forgotten in her homeland, we return with Suzi to Detroit. Exploring the long-simmering family tensions and sibling rivalries that result from the success of one family member, we reveal the price paid for success in a deeply personal exploration of fame, ambition and resilience. Still on the road after 50 years, Suzi Quatro surely is The Queen of Rock’n’Roll. Accept no substitutes.
This screening will be followed by a live Q&A with Suzi Quatro and hosted by Amy Raphael.
Amy is an author and freelance critic based in Brighton. She is Mike Leigh and Danny Boyle’s official biographer and she co-wrote Steve Coogan’s memoir, Easily Distracted. Virago published A Seat at the Table: Women on the Frontline of Music earlier on this year and in October Allen & Unwin will publish A Game of Two Halves: Famous Football Fans Meet Their Heroes. Her first book, Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock, was published in 1995, with a foreword by Debbie Harry.