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The Wild One

Pioneering rock chick Suzi Quatro returns.

Suzi Quatro embodies a number of contradictions. She’s a gutsy woman with a big lesbian fan base—but she’s straight. She’s an American who grew up in the blue-collar Midwest—but she’s nowhere near as big here as she is in England and Australia. She’s a balls-to-the-wall rocker known for strutting around in black leather—but her biggest hit was a ballad. She is an accomplished musician—but she’s not a guitarist (she plays bass).

Susan Kay Quatro was born in 1950 in Detroit. Her father Art was a musician and gave little Suzi her irst instrument, a 1957 Fender Precision Bass. “It [still] hangs on my wall in the front room,” she says. Seeing Elvis Presley perform was another turning point, and by the time she was in her teens, Quatro was seriously pursuing a career in rock ’n’ roll. In 1971, she was offered a record deal by an English record producer who happened to be in Detroit, and she promptly crossed the Pond. Quatro’s talent, and her timing, clicked; her self-titled debut became a huge hit when it was released in England, in 1973. Suzi Quatro featured a mix of classic rock covers and originals, and presented Quatro as a female bandleader and a no-nonsense rocker—not exactly common 45 years ago.

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, but it also marks the anniversary of something else: almost 30 years of publishing Curve magazine. I couldn’t be prouder to be the editor-in-chief of the world’s best-known lesbian magazine, but the person who needs to take the credit for Curve’s very existence is Frances “Franco” Stevens. I’m very excited to share with readers the news that a new documentary is being made about Franco and her dream to run a lesbian magazine that would reflect our community in all its truth and diversity. I’m also happy to report that I met with the film’s director and producer (Jen Rainin and Rivkah Beth Medow) and they got me on camera to tell my story of what the magazine means to me; I am but one of many women featured in this film, and there are countless more whose lives have been enriched by Franco’s vision. I’ll be doing everything I can to support this project, which is titled Ahead of the Curve. Maybe you’d like to contribute, too. If you feel like chipping in a few dollars on Kickstarter or even just supporting the project on social media—follow #CurveMagMovie and #AheadOfTheCurve. This documentary is made by an entirely female-identified crew dedicated to lesbian visibility, one of our most powerful tools to combat discrimination. So in the spirit of lesbian trailblazers like Franco, Happy Stonewall 50, and Happy WorldPride!