Lita Ford Had To Fight Record Execs To Be Herself

(New Rock Times) Lita Ford says she had to fight to be herself when she burst onto the scene as record exec's attempted to mould her into their vision of a female musician. And the '80's rock queen, who helped pave the way for a generation of hard rocking women, says she wouldn't have done anything differently.

Speaking to 'The Five Count' radio show in Mankato, Minnesota, the former lead guitarist for The Runaways recalled breaking into the business and how people perceived and viewed her in her early days.

She remembers: "Some people would give me a bad… You know, 'Girls don't play guitar.' They would give me some cocky attitude. But mostly, my fellow musicians were very supportive.

"Record companies were so-so. They would say, 'Lita, take some of that makeup off,' or, 'Put some pants on,' and I would just say, 'No. That's not who I am. I'm not this Little Goody Two-Shoes; I'm a rock and roll, guitar-slinging chick, and that's who I am. If it doesn't work for you, then maybe I'm on the wrong record label.'"

She continues: "So I had to fight to be who I am. I had to fight to get over those hurdles and learn how to stick up for myself and take no crap from people who were trying to create somebody that they saw in a different light. It was a journey." Read more here.

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