I’m excited to welcome acclaimed musician Jessamyn Violet to the podcast to talk about her novel, ‘Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar’, a gritty, glittery, queer YA debut about a teenage musician who jumps at a chance to play in her favorite rock band on their upcoming world tour, only to realize her heroes have their own agenda and might be leading her down a dark path. 

If you’re into the 1990s Los Angeles music scene, in all its glory and decay, you’re gonna love this novel and episode. 

Speaking of the 1990s LA music scene, in the last segment of the episode, ‘LA Weekly’ Culture & Entertainment Editor, Lina Lecaro, joins me to talk about that very thing as well as some of the women who were rockin’ the town and the world at that time.


  • “Surf Basement” by Movie Club
  • “Doll Parts” by Hole
  • “Venice Bitch” by Lana Del Rey
  • “Moonbow” by Movie Club
  • “Who Will Save Your Soul” by Jewel
  • “Sullen Girl” by Fiona Apple
  • “Applause” by Lady Gaga
  • “Trap Door” by Movie Club
  • “Black Flamingo” by Movie Club
  • “Crucify” by Tori Amos
  • Clip from ET about Christina Applegate performing with the Pussycat Dolls
  • “Shitlist” by L7



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Jessamyn Violet’s website, where you can find Reading, Rocking, Rainbow Tour dates and info on tickets, and info on her band Movie Club: https://jessamynviolet.com/bio

Jessamyn Violet on Twitter and Instagram: @jessamynviolet


Read Lina Lecaro’s work in ‘LA Weekly’: https://www.laweekly.com/guest-author/lina_lecaro/

Read Lina’s piece in ‘Vice’ “This is My Reality as a Woman Music Journalist”: https://www.vice.com/en/article/695zx3/being-a-female-music-journalist

Listen to Lina’s archived ‘Hot Licks with Lina’ radio show on https://luxuriamusic.com/shows/hot-licks/

Lina Lecaro on Twitter and Instagram: @LinaLecaro


Christy Alexander Hallberg’s website: https://www.christyalexanderhallberg.com/

Christy Alexander Hallberg on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube: @ChristyHallberg

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