The pioneering female rocker—and subject of the new documentary “Suzi Q”—writes about paving the way for other women and teaching skeptical men a lesson they’ll never forget.
Suzi Quatro is the fourth of five children, born under the sign of Gemini, on June 3rd, 1950, in Detroit Michigan. She 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 bongo’s in her fathers jazz band, The Art Quatro 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 a quickly became the lead singer and frontperson. The band toured for 7 years, very successfully, releasing a few singles along the way, then changed their name to Cradle in 1969.