6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
I AM THE WARRIOR: Live Q&A + Book Signing with Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee and author HOLLY KNIGHT
(Tina Turner, Pat Benatar, Aerosmith, Patty Smyth, Heart, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick)
Holly Knight’s singular music career included crafting a good part of the soundtrack to the MTV eighties with mega-hits for Tina Turner (“The Best”), Pat Benatar (“Love Is A Battlefield”), and Patty Smyth (“The Warrior”)—songs that celebrated female empowerment and shaped pop and rock for years to come. As a writer and musician, Knight worked hard and played hard with the likes of KISS, Rod Stewart, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, and Heart. She showed the boys how it was done when many women were still struggling to get a foot in the door. Starting in the late 1970s in post-punk New York, Knight, a gifted keyboardist, joined the band Spider—which quickly ascended to buzzworthy status before things began to disintegrate. Fortunately, her song “Better Be Good to Me” found its way to Tina Turner and became the second single on her landmark solo album, Private Dancer, launching Holly into rarified air. Soon she was being sought out to write for other artists in search of the big hit or their lead single. Coinciding with the birth of MTV, Knight’s powerful lyrics, hooks, and melodies became a staple on the channel as it exploded into a cultural force.
Special guest: Holly Knight | Award-Winning Songwriter & Producer
In conversation with: Dana Childs | Co-Owner, Sound As A Pound
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
▪ 6:30 p.m. – Check-In
No Host Bar
Appetizers provided (crudités, hummus, a charcuterie board and assorted fruits & cheeses)
▪ 7:30 p.m. – Interview & Book Signing of
I Am the Warrior: My Crazy Life Writing the Hits and Rocking the MTV Eighties
(Books will be for sale at the venue at our CCC discount price of $20 + tax, or if you already have one, bring it and she will gladly sign it! Cash or credit card accepted)
The Federal (downstairs lounge)
5303 Lankershim Boulevard (enter on Weddington)
North Hollywood, CA 91601-3114
Paid lot, Metro & street parking
Rideshare always encouraged
Advance RSVPs online (by Tuesday, May 23rd @ noon):
CCC Members $35 per person | Non-members $40 per person
Walk-Ups (pay at the door, no prior RSVP):
CCC Members $40 per person | Non-members $45 per person
Students: $35 per person – must show College ID at the door [contact us]
– No refunds –
Bar Service (cash and credit cards accepted)
Walk-up guests are welcome, space allowing. We accept cash, check or credit card payment at the door. Reserve your spot with an online credit card payment.
A Girl With a Dream Became the Woman Behind the Most Iconic Songs of the 1980s
Holly Knight | Award-Winning Songwriter & Producer
A vital force behind the sound of some of rock’s most powerful female artists, Holly Knight’s iconic musical imprint is woven into the very fabric of the MTV generation. Throughout the 1980s, singer/songwriter Knight composed anthems that became the soundtrack for millions of people’s lives, and also created and crafted empowering odes to independence, liberation, and equality. These universal themes have never been more relevant than they are today, which is why we still hear her music every day. On television, films, and commercials, Knight’s work has become not just ubiquitous—but also generation-defining.
For all of the dozens of recognizable songs she has written, working with legends including Rod Stewart, Kiss, and Aerosmith, however, it was Knight’s collaborations with female artists that truly broke through, giving a new voice to women all over the world. Defiant, purposeful, and ultimately triumphant, her work with Tina Turner, Pat Benatar, and the band Heart among others also helped pave the way for the next generation of defining female musical masters including Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Lady Gaga. It was the music and words she wrote, but it was also the visual representations on MTV that helped define Knight’s work for the masses: “Love Is a Battlefield,” “Better Be Good to Me,” “The Best,” “Never,” My Obsession,” “Rag Doll.”
Her songs have appeared in movies as varied as Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Thelma and Louise, 13 Going on 30, Anchorman 2, Dallas Buyers Club, The Other Woman, and have featured on TV shows including “Schitts Creek,” “GLOW,” “Stranger Things,” “The Masked Singer,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “American Idol,” “The Voice,” “The Simpsons,” “South Park” and “Family Guy.” Not one to sit back on her laurels, Knight is still as passionate and driven about music as she was in her late teens. Thriving on diversity, it’s her ability to move from one genre to the next that has given her this 40-year career in music.
The list goes on for this 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, just as the legacy does, and will, forever.
Dana Childs | Co-Owner, Sound As A Pound
Dana Childs is an independent music publisher, music rights advocate and trusted music industry veteran who currently serves as an executive officer on the Board of Directors of The California Copyright Conference. She is actively involved with SONA’s Advocacy committee and is a member of Women In Music. Dana has held high-level positions at SESAC and Fender and with her deep knowledge and broad experience in creative, personal artist management within the music industry, she has both directly managed artists and continues to consult and counsel content creators’ teams via a holistic approach, to create brand awareness in today’s tech-driven music market. Additionally, Dana develops and maintains business relationships within the music publishing, recorded music, film/TV/emerging media and music supervision communities, while educating digital creators, providers and other interested parties on current music business trends, policies and lobbying initiatives, especially as those topics pertain to music copyright legislation and related technological advancements in the greater entertainment community at large. Dana is set to enter UCLA LAW’s MLS program this Fall ’23.
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