Neon Angel: A Memoir of A Runaway

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Hardcover, Harpercollins, 2010, ISBN13 9780061961359, ISBN10 0061961353

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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.

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Contributed by: O'Neill, Tony
Contributed by: Jett, Joan
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: Mar 16, 2010
ISBN-13: 9780061961359
ISBN-10: 0061961353
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 368
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.4
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very good read
5/21/2010

Customer review by maggiemay24

5.0 stars by maggiemay24

I read this book when I was younger and then read it again about 3 months back. I had a hard ime finding it as at the time it was out of publish. Im glad it is out there again. I plan to pick up this copy. This book tells it like it was and Cheri Curry is an amazing singer. The group was great and it opened alot of doors for women in the rock industery, we still have Joan and Lita and they are both amazing. The book is a tell all on the start and end of a great group, the fights, drugs,love,good and bad times.I just hope the movie lives up to the book.

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9/10/2010

Customer review by karlakarma

5.0 stars by karlakarma

I love cherie currie. This book was so intense. Some parts were just horrible not horribly written just I couldn't even imagine haveing to live through what she did. I loved this book and I'm glad it's in my collection. This women is so strong. The afterward is beautiful. A great read good photos also. Keep up the great work that you do cherie, you have a new fan for life.

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Age:25 - 34
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Wonderful!
10/24/2010

Customer review by Liselle

5.0 stars by Liselle

Fantastic book! I read this before watching the movie and am now very impressed with how well done the movie actually was. Whether you read it before or after the movie I think it is definitely worth it! This book goes into a lot more detail and includes things the movie had to leave out. I will definitely read this again in the future.

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