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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 10 July 1959Long Beach, California, USA
Date of Death 21 October 2006San Dimas, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameSandy Pesavento

Mini Bio (1)

Drummer, singer, songwriter and guitarist Sandy West was born as Sandy Pesavento on July 10, 1959 in Long Beach, California and was raised in Huntington Beach. The most athletic of seven sisters, Sandy was an avid surfer and water skier. West began playing the violin as a kid, but soon switched to drums at age nine after her grandfather bought her a drum kit. She started performing in public at age thirteen as the sole female member of a local band. At age sixteen Sandy co-founded the seminal all-female rock group the Runaways in 1975. She was an important member of the band for four years and wrote all her own drum parts. While the Runaways failed to achieve much commercial success in America, they were a huge smash in Japan, where they performed in arenas to sold out crowds and released a live album that went gold. Alas, the Runaways broke up in 1979. West formed her own group the Sandy West Band and released the solo album "The Beat is Back." Unable to support herself as a musician, Sandy worked mainly in construction as well as a small amount of time as both a bartender and a veterinary assistant in order to keep herself afloat. However, she did continue to perform live in concert with former the Runaways lead singer Cherie Currie on several occasions throughout the years. Moreover, West was widely acknowledged as an exceptionally fine and proficient drummer who influenced many women rock musicians to start playing the drums. She's featured as an interview subject in the 2004 documentary "Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways." Sandy was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2005. Sandy West died at the tragically young age of 47 on October 21, 2006.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders

Trivia (6)

She was the drummer for the 1970s teenage/all-female rock group The Runaways...which also featured rock star Joan Jett, heavy metal star Lita Ford, and actress/rock star Cherie Currie.
Her mother is shown interviewed throughout the documentary Edgeplay (2004) talking about her daughter's involvement in the band, The Runaways.
Is portrayed by Stella Maeve in The Runaways (2010).
Unable to support herself as a musician, she worked mostly in construction as well as a small amount of time as both a bartender and a veterinary assistant in order to keep herself afloat.
Following her untimely death, she was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, Orange County, California.
Time magazine described her as a "pioneering rock drummer".

Personal Quotes (1)

[on her time as a member of The Runaways] Now that I look back even the rough times were good. How many teenage girls get to do what we did in a lifetime? We used to stick together, go to bat for each other, support each other. A lot of people think all we did was fight with each other, but that's not true. We had a lot of great times.

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