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Spotlight on a punk Chartbuster

During the 1980s, Robin Lane was a fixture on the Boston punk music scene with her band, the Chartbusters. Years later, she began hosting songwriting workshops for women who have survived trauma and abuse. “When Things Go Wrong: Robin Lane’s Story,” a new film from Tim Jackson, is about, among other things, the difficulties of sustaining a career as an independent woman in the male dominated music business. Jackson, an assistant professor at the New England Institute of Art in Boston, is also a musician who has played drums with Lane for 35 years. The soundtrack features 21 songs by Lane, many heard for the first time. The film has its premiere benefit screening April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, followed by a Q&A with both Jackson and Lane as well as live performances by Lane, the Chartbusters, Barrence Whitfield, Ramona Silver, and others. Proceeds from the screening will help secure rights to the Robin Lane songs featured in the film.

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