Are you a lover of rock music? But even if you aren’t, and don’t know much about the genre you will love the documentary SUZI Q from Australian filmmakers Liam Firmager and Tait Brady.
They take us on a riveting and inspiring journey that charts the career of pioneering female rocker, Suzi Quatro as the trailblazer and inspiration for a generation of women to follow in her footsteps. The filmmakers take us into Suzi’s world from her early beginnings growing up in Detroit to become one of the first female bass players to achieve a rock star status. It’s a journey that is educational and uplifting.
Coming from an Italian immigrant family with three sisters, a brother, and an older half-sister and several foster children it was easy to see how she became a solitary extrovert. But once she saw Elvis Presly on television something inside her clicked and there began the seeds of Suzi Q. She received formal training in classical piano and percussion but she thought herself how to play the bass and guitar.
Suzi’s older sister Patti along with two friends formed a band tilted The Pleasure Seekers which Suzi joined taking the name Suzi Soul and Patti was known as Patti Pleasure. Suzi sang and played bass in the band and the girls did receive a modicum of success in the emerging Detroit music scene. Later on, the band also featured another sister, Arlene.
This documentary takes shows us the struggles for a female rock musician to be recognized as a solo artist and the difficulties that come with that journey. It also shows the inner strength Suzi needed to navigate in a male-dominated industry. Part of Suzi’s charm is her surprised naivete as her success starts to build and humility that is rare in the entertainment industry. Suzi redefined the roles of women in the music world in her signature jumper and honeyed semi-raspy vocals. She recorded hits such as CAN THE CAN, 48 CRASH, and DAYTONA DEMON that still resonate with fans. A game-changer yes, a rule-breaker, definitely yes! Yet through it all, she stays the course even when things take a downturn she never allows her self to give up.
Suzi Q represents a social climate that continues even today for many female performers. One that seeks to define and demand standards that not needed for their male counterparts. Suzi’s career flourishes in Europe garnering her several music awards and accolades from fans. Yet on her return to America, she was not truly recognized for her skill and achievements. But those barriers never stopped Suzi from pushing forward in her career and also achieving success in television. She starred in Happy Days one of America’s favorite sitcoms, Top of The Pops, and many others.
Suzi Quatro should be given credit for her contributions to the Rock N Roll industry and for creating a legacy in her musical style that other female artists have followed. Suzi shares all of her journey, the highs, the lows, and in the betweens, a woman who is not afraid to speak her truth. Today she continues her journey doing what she loves playing music for devoted fans and new audiences.
“SUZI Q” features interviews with Suzi Quatro, Alice Cooper, Deborah Harry (Blondie), Joan Jett, Cherie Currie (The Runaways), Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads), Donita Sparks (L7), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), Kathy Valentine (The GoGo’s), KT Tunstall, members of the Quatro family, and many more.
With theaters closed, Utopia Distribution will host a “SUZI Q” virtual event on July 1st featuring the film and an exclusive Q&A featuring Suzi Quatro and Special Guests TBA (available for 24 hours only) in advance of the film’s traditional release on VOD and DVD on July 3rd.
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This is a documentary you will watch again and again. So sit back and be inspired, entertained, educated, and enjoy SUZI Q.