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Sandy West July 10, — October 21,   was an American musician, singer, songwriter and drummer. She was one of the founding members of the Spraakwater - Ti-Ta-Tovenaar - Originele Liedjes Uit De TV-Seriethe first teenage all-girl hard rock band to record and achieve widespread commercial success in the s. When she was 9 years old, her grandfather bought her a drum kit, and being an avid fan of Sandy West - The Beat Is Back and roll acts of the s and s, she began practicing rock music immediately and regularly.
In 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, she was the drummer in the Prisk Elementary School orchestra. She proved to have a natural talent and quickly became a proficient drummer. By the age of 13, she was the only girl in local bands who played at teenage parties. Driven by her ambition to play professionally, she sought out fellow musicians and other industry contacts in southern California with the idea of forming an all-woman rock band.
Inshe met producer Kim Fowleywho gave her the phone number of another young musician in the area, guitarist Joan Jett. When Joan and Sandy met shortly thereafter Joan took 4 buses to get to Sandy's home to play through some songs there was a palpable synergy between them, and the inception of the eventual Runaways arguably took place that day.
The women subsequently played for Fowley, who agreed to help them find other female musicians to round out the band, most notably Lita Ford and Cherie Currie. After four years of recording and touring the world, the Runaways disbanded in West made varied attempts to continue her career as a professional musician, playing with other acts in southern California, releasing a solo ep, The Beat is Back and forming the Sandy West Band.
None of these ventures produced significant income, so West was forced to spend most of her post-Runaways years working outside music.
West appeared in Edgeplay: A Film About the Runawaysa documentary about the Runaways produced and directed by the band's former bassist Victory Tischler-Blueproviding some of the more poignant interview segments, describing the things she needed to do post-Runaways for money.
She worked mostly in construction, and spent a small amount of time as a bartender and a veterinary assistant. West spent time in jail on multiple occasions following her career in the Runaways,  which she alluded to in Edgeplay.
InWest, a heavy smokerwas diagnosed with lung cancer which later spread to her brainand she died on October 21, at age Former bandmate Joan Jett said, "We shared the dream of girls playing rock and roll. Sandy was an exuberant and powerful drummer," adding, "I am overcome from the loss of my friend. I always told her we changed the world. No one could compete or even come close to her, but the most important was her heart.
Sandy West - The Beat Is Back West loved her fans, her friends and family almost to a fault. She would Ella Deja La Casa = Shes Leaving Home - Louie Shelton - Tócame absolutely anything for the people she loved.
It will never be the same for me again to step on a stage, because Sandy West was the best and Sandy West - The Beat Is Back will miss her forever. Time Magazine described West as a "pioneering rock drummer".
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