Susan Kay Quatro was born June 3rd, 1950, in Detroit Michigan, the 4th of 5 children. ‘Suzi’ was raised in a musical family, including 3 sisters and one brother, who all played various instruments. Suzi herself made her debut on stage playing bongos in her fathers jazz band, "The Art Quatro Stage Trio". From an early age she studied classical piano and percussion, then aged 14, began an all-girl band with elder sister Patti, called The Pleasure Seekers. Suzi was ‘told’ she would be playing bass guitar, which was as tall as her. She quickly became the lead singer and front person, this band toured for 6 years, very successfully, releasing a few singles along the way, then changed their name to Cradle in 1969.
It was in this band, a couple of years later, that UK record producer Mickie Most, came to a concert, and offered Suzi a solo contract. She flew to England in 1971 to begin her journey to fame. Soon after Suzi began working with now legendary songwriters Chinn and Chapman which resulted in the huge hit, “Can The Can”, which went to number one in May 1973, and went on to sell two and a half million copies worldwide. Between 1973 and 1980, Suzi Quatro featured in the British charts for no less than 101 weeks, and has sold to date over 55 million records, and still counting. Her hits include “48 Crash”, “Too Big”, “Devil Gate Drive”, “Daytona Demon”, “The Wild One”, “She’s in Love With You”, “Mama’s Boy”, “If You Can’t Give Me Love”, “Rock Hard” and a million seller in the USA., ‘Stumblin In’ a duet with Chris Norman.
From 77-79 Suzi spread her wings and landed a part on the worldwide hit TV series ‘Happy Days’, playing ‘Leather Tuscadero’ opposite Henry Winkler and Ron Howard. She continued to act in other shows including, Minder, Dempsey and Makepeace, and more up to date, Absolutely Fabulous and Midsomer Murders. In 1986 Suzi made her West End debut playing the leading role of Annie Oakley in Irving Berlin’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ for which she received great critical acclaim. 1988 Suzi spread her wings again, and hosted her own talk show called ‘Gas Street’ which ran for a year.
1989 Suzi was one of the first rock and roll acts to go to Russia, where she performed for over half a million people in just six weeks. 1991, She was triumphant again, realising a lifelong ambition by writing the music and lyrics, along with Shirlie Roden, and starring in ‘Talullah Who?’. It ran for its full season of 5 weeks, and Suzi received amazing critics.
In 1999 Suzi’s radio career started with BBCRadio 2, which is ongoing today. Suzi has done her own weekly programs, and many special documentaries including Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Patsy Cline, and a recent special on her hometown of Detroit. Suzi is a very popular DJ, even being nominated for music broadcaster of the year at the Sony Radio Awards in 2006.
In 2006 Suzi released the autobiographical album, “Back to the Drive” which has become the fans favourite worldwide. Suzi even made an appearance alongside Charles Dance in the theatre, in a play called “Exonerated At This Time”. Unzipped, Suzi’s autobiography was released in 2007 and has done extremely well worldwide, getting to number 2 in the Australian charts where she continues to tour.
In 2014 Suzi celebrated 50 years as a professional musician; released her book of poetry “Through My Eyes”; and also the 4-CD career retrospective edition The Girl From Detroit City. Continuing to tour and record – her late 2019 Australian tour will be her 33rd ‘down under’ - there may well be no international artist who has toured Australia more often than Suzi, a sign of the remarkable impact she has made on the Australian public and culture. Suzi’s other largest followings continue to be in Germany, Poland, the UK, Russia and Spain and she continues to tour playing major venues around the world.
In March 2019 Suzi released an album of hard-rockin’ new material “NO CONTROL” - recorded with her son Richard on guitar – and will do more than 100 live shows this year across Europe, Australia and Nth America. The beat goes on.
ABOUT THE FILM
Before Suzi Quatro burst on the music world in 1973, there were almost no women in rock, and absolutely none who played bass and sang lead vocals and led the band and rocked out and reached millions of people around the world, re-writing the rule book for the expected image of women in rock & roll.
Singer, songwriter, bass player, bandleader, actress, radio-presenter, poet – there is only one Suzi Q, the pint-sized, leather-clad rocker who has sold more than 50 million records and in 2019 released a new album, celebrating 53 years as a working musician.
SUZI Q - A Feature Documentary by Liam Firmager
JOHN NORWOOD FISHER
For 4 and a half years, Australian filmmakers Liam Firmager and Tait Brady have been working on this feature documentary about legendary rocker Suzi Quatro, inspired by her lengthy career and fearless character, and fueled by a sense that Suzi's trailblazing status wasn't sufficiently recognised by the music industry and contemporary audiences -
especially in North America.
Along the way, SUZI Q has become revisionist history of "women in rock'n'roll",
and an intimate insight into a driven, ageless performer.
SCREEN AUSTRALIA in association with FILM VICTORIA, PALSTAR ENTERTAINMENT,
LA ROSA PRODUCTIONS and LABEL DISTRIBUTION present an ACME FILM COMPANY PRODUCTION “SUZI Q”
Music Coordinator BERNARD GALBALLY Archive Coordinator LISA SAVAGE
Sound Design EMMA BORTIGNON Sound Supervisor PAUL SHANAHAN Editors SARA EDWARDS,
LIAM FIRMMAGER Cinematographer LIAM FIRMAGER
Executive Producers STEPHANIE STEVENSON, JASON BYRNE, SHAUN MILLER, ADAM LA ROSA
Producers TAIT BRADY and LIAM FIRMAGER Director LIAM FIRMAGER
DCP/16:9/2K/ 5.1 surround sound
THE ACME FILM COMPANY in association with PALSTAR ENTERTAINMENT, SCREEN AUSTRALIA, FILM VICTORIA and LABEL DISTRIBUTION present “SUZI Q” Music Coordinator BERNARD GALBALLY/MANA MUSIC Archive Coordinator LISA SAVAGE Sound Design EMMA BORTIGNON Editor SARA EDWARDS Cinematographer LIAM FIRMAGER Executive Producers STEPHANIE STEVENSON, JASON BYRNE, SHAUN MILLER Producers TAIT BRADY and LIAM FIRMAGER Director LIAM FIRMAGER
Australian Distribution : LABEL www.labeldistribution.com
Intl Sales : KEW Media www.kewmedia.com