Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway Hardcover – Feb 25 2010
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“What truly amazes me is what a fine, honest, introspective author Cherie is, with an incredible tale about an incredible life, and a fascinating personal odyssey.” (Joan Jett)
“I don’t think a lot of people know the story of Cherie Currie. It’s an amazing story and she’s an amazing woman and performer. ” (Dakota Fanning on The Tonight Show)
“Raw and riveting.” (LA Weekly)
“Details the band’s short, messy history and the struggle with addiction that nearly claimed her life.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“[NEON ANGEL] reveals how the liberated life of a 16-year-old rock star in Los Angeles included many dark moments.” (Spin)
“Unflinchingly honest.” (Boston Globe)
“The striking thing about The Runaways, is how authentic it feels… One reason may be that the movie is partly based on Neon Angel, a newly revamped autobiography by the group’s lead singer Cherie Currie, whose chillingly quick self-destruction is relived through Dakota Fanning.” (New York Times)
“Currie is looking forward to giving Neon Angel its second life…the new version, with a foreword by [Joan] Jett, adds the sex, drugs and darkness that were missing from the first edition.” (Reuters)
From the Back Cover
Cherie Currie, with her signature Bowie haircut and fishnet stockings, was the groundbreaking lead singer of '70s teenage all-girl rock band the Runaways. At the tender age of fifteen, she joined a group of talented girls—Joan Jett and Lita Ford on guitar, Jackie Fox on bass, and Sandy West on drums—who could play rock like no one else.
Arriving on the Los Angeles music scene in 1975, they catapulted from playing small clubs to selling out major stadiums, headlining shows with opening acts like the Ramones, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, and Blondie. Currie lit up the stage with the provocative teen-rebellion songs "Cherry Bomb," "Queens of Noise," and "Born to Be Bad," riding a wave of hit songs and platinum albums, all while touring around the world.
On the face of it, Currie's is a riveting story of girl empowerment and fame. But it is also an intensely personal account of her struggles with drugs, sexual abuse, and violence. She and her bandmates, runaways all, were thrown into a decadent, high-pressure music scene where on the road, unsupervised for months at a time, they had to grow up fast and experience things that no teenage girls should. Neon Angel exposes the side of the music industry fans never get to see, and chronicles the group's rise to fame and their ultimate demise.
Shocking and inspiring, funny and touching, Neon Angel stunningly re-creates a bygone era of rock and roll, all the while providing an inside look at growing up hard under the relentless glare of the public eye, and chronicling one tough woman's fight to reclaim her life.See all Product Description
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At fifteen, Cherie Currie's family had completely crumbled and she had been raped by her twin sister's slimy ex-boyfriend. So she had a lot of rage and rebellion boiling inside... which was exactly what a sleazy manager out to create a "bad-girl" rock'n'roll band wanted. She became the lead singer of the five-girl band The Runaways, along with rock legend Joan Jett.
But the Runaways didn't have the glamorous wild life they had hoped for, since their manager pocketed almost all their money and they were forced into a grueling grind of record-cutting and touring. But internal tensions within the band started getting nasty because Currie was getting too much attention, and a nasty split from the band threw her into a downward spiral.
Cherie Currie is definitely one thing: brutally honest. "Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway" is like watching someone rip off a giant band-aid and showing the world the scars underneath. Her story about the Runaways is filled with sleazy men, loveless sex, hard-boiled bandmates and the consequences of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. There's no glamour here.
In fact, she's most brutally honest about herself. The overall tone of the book is that of a mature woman ruefully looking back on her youthful mistakes, and she never sugarcoats the horrible things that happened.Read more ›
I have to say that Kim Fowly, the Runaways' band manager, is a total jerk. He abused Cherie and the other members of the Runaways in all kinds of ways including sexual, financial, verbal and emotional abuse. Fowly really did exploit the girls and he reminds me of a certain aspiring music manager from high school.
Overall, this book was a page turner and I found to be pretty straight forward and easy to read. The book was certainly more intimidate than the movie and so I recommend that you read this book before making any judgement based on the film.
Unlike many other celebrity biographies I've read which tend to focus only on one thing, this book has a nice balance of describing Currie's personal life, career, and addictions. For better or for worse, you really get insight into both the "real" Cherie Currie and also her public persona. Also, there are definately going to be comparisons with the movie. Don't be fooled, this book is way better. See the movie first, then read the book to get all the things they couldn't show, and the truth (at least from Currie's point of view) about some of the events with which the movie takes artistic licence.
If you have any interest at all in the 70s music scene, Cherie Currie or the Runaways, or celebrity biographies in general, get this book. You'll be glad you did.
A must read for Runaways fans!
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One helluva biography. Growing up as a teenage rock singer with the likes of Joan Jett and Lita Ford backing you up by blazing guitar licks and the rest really is history. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jade Sperry
Cherie Currie's version of what happened in The Runaways. Most interesting!Published 16 months ago by Oscar
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