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Vol. 2 Ep. 57 Kathy Valentine

Kathy Valentine has been a working musician and songwriter for over 40 years, starting her first band in her hometown of Austin and making a name for herself in the iconic band the Go-Go’s after moving to Los Angeles.

The Go-Go’s are considered the most successful all-female band of all time and made music history for writing and performing the first and only album by an all-female band to top the charts. Kathy wrote or co-wrote some of the band's most renowned tunes, including the hits "Vacation" and “Head Over Heels.”

Signing with the esteemed University of Texas Press to write a memoir fulfilled Kathy’s dream to be a published author. Her first book, All I Ever Wanted: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir will be released in spring 2020. Taking an innovative approach and intersecting her storytelling with her songwriting skills, Kathy has written, performed and recorded a soundtrack of fully original songs and music to accompany her memoir.

Valentine returned to live in her hometown of Austin, Texas in 2006 and has found a variety of new and on-going opportunities as a keynote speaker (The American Heart Association Go Red-2015, Kids in a New Groove-2016,) writer, spokesperson (Brookside Chocolate-2018, Rainbow Light Supplements-2015,) actress (The Transcendents-2018) and as a mentor and producer. In 2017, Kathy created the “She Factory,” an event series to raise money for women-centered non-profits.

Meanwhile, the Go-Go’s have continued to build upon their legacy with a feature length documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. The Go-Go’s will tour the U.S in summer 2020. The band also became Broadway composers when the musical “Head Over Heels” debuted on Broadway in 2018. It is currently in production at hundreds of companies throughout the U.S.

Music is always first and foremost in her creative pursuits and at 61 years old, Valentine still shows up for gigs with her guitar in the Austin-based all-female rock band The Bluebonnets, or increasingly, as a solo performer. Returning to Austin also gave Kathy a chance to pursue her first college degree and is one semester away from graduation. And finally, her greatest pride and joy is being a mother to her teenage daughter.

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