Lita Ford
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Lita Ford Biography

Singer. Songwriter. Guitarist. Author. Trailblazer. Icon. Guitar
Player Certified Guitar Legend 2014 award winner. Lita Ford is
all of those and so much more. From being a teenager playing
lead guitar in the groundbreaking band, The Runaways, to Top
10, GRAMMY® nominated solo artist, her career trajectory has
been one of never settling, never compromising, and always
staying true to herself.

Born in London, and growing up in Long Beach, California, Ford
began playing guitar when she was 11 years old; starting out on a
nylon-string acoustic that she received as a birthday present from
her mother. For Christmas, she received an upgrade: a steel-string
acoustic that she played for the next two years. She saved her
money from an after-school job to buy a chocolate Gibson SG
that finally allowed her to play Black Sabbath and Deep Purple
riffs the way they were meant to sound. It was this guitar with
which she joined The Runaways, and to this day she recalls the
moment when she knew exactly who “Lita Ford - guitarist” would

It happened the night she attended a concert by all-female rock
group, Fanny. In the latest interview with, Ford
explains, “I was in the restroom and I heard some girls talking, who were fans at the show. One girl was
shouting between the stalls, ‘Did you see that girl play guitar?’ Here I am, getting ready to join The
Runaways, and that stuck with me for some reason. I still think about it. Those girls in the bathroom that
night changed my life. For the best, I hope!”
This year has been particularly busy and productive for Ford. In February, she published her long-awaited
autobiography, Living Like A Runaway. In April, she released Time Capsule, a compilation of previously
unreleased songs from the 1980s that she discovered in a collection of analog tapes in her home. She also
spent that month on the road with Halestorm, and saw the release of her longtime friend Ace Frehley’s new
album, Origins Vol. 1, which features Ford singing and playing guitar on their cover of The Troggs’ “Wild

As always, Ford and her band — guitarist Patrick Kennison, bassist Marty O’Brien, and drummer Bobby
Rock — are touring relentlessly. “I know the guys have got my back when we go onstage, and they know
I’ve got theirs,” she says. “We’re a good unit.” In addition to headline dates, they performed at the Sweden
Rock Festival in June, followed by one show in the U.K., then returned home for more summer and fall
concerts. In October, they will rejoin Halestorm. Ford is also writing and recording a new album with Gary
Hoey, who produced 2012’s Living Like A Runaway.
Lita Ford’s life has changed in many ways since that night at the Fanny concert, but over the course of nine
solo albums, including a best-of and a live collection, one thing has remained constant: her passion for her
craft. While the music industry transitioned in and out of trends, while it continues to shift and fragment,
Lita Ford, night after night, continues to plug her B.C. Rich guitar into a Marshall amp, turns it up, and
plays her heart out. “They say knowledge comes when you’re older and wiser, and I’m starting to see that
now for the first time, which is very cool,” she says. “It makes you feel secure with what you’re doing.”
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