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The Runaways Tribute Album to Benefit American Cancer Research

On June 7th, Main Man Records will release ‘Take It Or Leave It: A Tribute To The Original Queens of Noise: The Runaways,’ a two disc, 36-song set spanning the entirety of the legendary band’s career.

Whether you consider them to be proto-punk rockers or heavy metal guitar heroes, there is no doubt that the Runaways changed the perception of women in the male-dominated field of rock ‘n’ roll. Teenagers Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, Joan Jett, Sandy West, Jackie Fox, and Vicki Blue spoke to a whole new generation of young women, some of whom consequently started playing rock ‘n’ roll themselves. Arguably, The Runaways kicked down the door for female-fronted rock bands such as The Go-Go’s, The Bangles, L7, Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, and The Donnas. The Runaways have also been named as an influence by numerous bands including Redd Kross, The Germs, Motley Crue, The Beastie Boys, The Adolescents, Guns N’ Roses, and Smashing Pumpkins.

In honor of Sandy West, who lost her fight with cancer in 2006, Main Man Records will donate a portion of the proceeds from ‘Take It Or Leave It’ to the American Institute For Cancer Research. The AICR was the nation’s first charity to support research into the role of diet and exercise as it relates to cancer prevention. Since 1982, it’s been their mission to fund, support and promote research as well as expand public knowledge through educational programs to bring its message of cancer prevention to millions of Americans. To date, the Institute has committed more than $82 million for research and education.

Legendary artists from many musical backgrounds participated on ‘Take It Or Leave It,’ donating their time, talent and resources to help honor The Runaways and raise money for a great cause. Artists featured on the tribute album include Shonen Knife, The Dandy Warhols, The Donnas, Peaches with Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill and Le Tigre) collaborating for the first time with her husband Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys), Care Bears On Fire, Kittie, Bebe Buell, David Johansen (New York Dolls) collaborating for the first time with new Dolls guitarist Earl Slick (David Bowie), Starz, The Adolescents, and White Flag as well as members of Generation X, Smashing Pumpkins, Monster Magnet, The Fastbacks, and many more.

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