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Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway [Format Kindle]

Cherie Currie , Tony O'Neill
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Revue de presse

“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)

Présentation de l'éditeur

In this candid autobiography, Cherie Currie—the original lead singer of ‘70s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways—powerfully recounts her years in the band, her friendship with guitarist Joan Jett, and her struggle with drugs. An intense, behind-the-scenes look at rock music in the gritty, post-glam era, Neon Angel is a must-read for anyone whose heart beats to the rhythm of David Bowie, Suzi Quatro, Nick Gilder, and the Sex Pistols, and for every fan of the movie it inspired: The Runaways, starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart as Cherie Currie and Joan Jett.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 388 pages
  • Editeur : HarperCollins e-books; Édition : Reprint (30 mars 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003C2SP6Y
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Les Runaways vues de l'intérieur 28 avril 2011
Par bazinga
Je conseille ce livre à toutes les personnes qui ont apprécié le film. Le livre amène un éclairage intéressant sur le groupe et l'ambiance du Hollywood des années 70. On apprend beaucoup de choses sur le groupe, mais l'histoire est centrée sur Cherie Currie, de son enfance à sa vie après avoir quitté le groupe.
Bien qu'il soit en anglais, la lecture reste très abordable, même avec un niveau moyen en anglais.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Riveting Account of Teenage Rock N' Roll, and Its Aftermath 17 mars 2010
Par Rachel Kramer Bussel - Publié sur
This wild ride of a memoir takes us from Currie's suburban upbringing as a young rebel, dyeing her hair red, white and blue and dressing up as her idol, David Bowie, to, in a turn that is dramatically sudden, being asked to audition for The Runaways by Kim Fowley and Joan Jett while at her local hangout. All of a sudden, she's thrust into the big-time world of rock music, and the pace is hectic, with fame, and drugs, chasing the band.

The heart of the story is Currie's quest to find a family who'll appreciate her for herself; her dad does, and, to a large degree, her twin sister, Marie, and older sister, Sandie, but she contrasts them with the sisterhood, of sorts, she finds with her bandmates. The growing infighting amongst the band, in large part of what was perceived as Currie's starring role in the press, along with her own increasing reliance on drugs and exhaustion from touring, help drive them apart. Her life post-Runaways finds her acting (in the film Foxes, alongside Jodie Foster), recording solo albums and, mainly, figuring out who she is...all while still in her twenties. So much happens to Currie while still a teenager that it's sometimes hard to remember that she is so young.

This is often a dark story, including rape and attacks that read like something out of a true crime book. Her evocation of shows overseas, in Europe especially, are some of the most vivid, including garbage and knives being thrown onstage as punk hit; you can practically feel the anger hurtling toward the stage, and Currie documents these times as vividly as she does the wildness of setting out on the road for the first time.

Kim Fowley emerges as the villain who turned a group of young, talented teens into a world-famous band, and while his actions speak for themselves, Currie also details the mixed feelings she had about him, at once abhorring him and appreciating the opportunities he gave her. Sadly, her teen devolution into a range of drugs continued for a while as she tried to break free of their grip, even after watching her alcoholic father die. This Currie, the one struggling for her place and her pride, is as much a player here as the one brandishing glitter and attitude onstage.

She is circumspect about some moments, such as her relationship with Joan Jett, writing, "She was my anchor. How do I explain about a person that was my best friend, someone I would confide in like a sister, someone who to me became a strong, sexual attraction? Well, it's easy. Just like how easy it was to be that way with her. I can leave it by saying that I had moments with a friend that quake me to this day. And they were some of the most satisfying moments of my young life."

These tender moments are few and far between in Neon Angel; much more drawn out are some of the horror stories that illustrate the dark side of fame, or rather, fame under the iron fist of Fowley. Currie's transformation from Bowie-wannabe to Cherry Bomb through recovery to mom, actress and chain saw cutter is fascinating and riveting.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Neon Angel on the road to ruin 21 mars 2010
Par ryant - Publié sur
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I was a fan of Joan jett from the time I was seven years old, ever since I first heard "I Love Rock N Roll". I didn't know anything about her early band, "The Runaways" till years later. I remembered Lita Ford from from her "Kiss Me Deadly" Video and her duet with Ozzy Ozborne on the song "Close My Eyes Forever" when I was just 13 years, old back in 1988. I didn't know that Joan Jett and Lita Ford were in a band together. I saw a documentary a few years ago about Joan and "The Runaways" about five years ago and decided to hear what they were about, so I decided to download some of their songs to hear for myself what they were all like. After listening to "Cherry Bomb", "Dead End Justice", and "Queens of Noise" I was blown away at how good these girls were, being that they were only just under seventeen years old! About two years ago I was watchimg [...] and decided to look at some vidoes for "The Runaways", cuz I was curious to see if there was any footage, of any of the their performances. I was totally amazed when I saw the video for "Cherry Bomb". I was like wow!!1 I cant believe that that blond chick with the white corset and thigh high fishnets, was only sixteen and strutting arond the stage like that. This was ten years before Madonna was wearing that. I was captivated by her voice cuz it sounded so mature for such a young girl. I was watching a video of Cherie Currie from 1987 I believe, and she was on the "Sally Jessie Rafael Show" sharing her testimony about her early youth in the Runaways and then she talked about the drugs and about her she kicked drugs ans all that and how she was working at that time as a drug counslor for teens. I was totally impressed with her honesty. I decided a couple weeks ago to buy her book called "Neon Angel: A memoir of a Runaway. after getting it through Amazon last week I could wait to read it. I just finished reading it yesterday and I was so overtaken with with her personal story of youth gone wild, her rape at 14 years old, her relationship with her family, her being discovered at the Sugar Shack Club by Kim Fowely and Joan Jett and then being recruited into "The Runaways". Her struggle to get along with the girls (especially Lita Ford who always antagonizing and was always bullying her), her temptations and personal demons with drugs which would destroy the fabric of the band and her relationship with her family. She went through so much in so little time at just before the age of 18 years old that it's hard to comprehend how she even today, is even alive to tell the tale. You will enjoy this amazing and captivating story of innocence lost, Family bond, personal struggle to be sober and to regain back her life, and coming out of it all. This is a remarkable story with an even amazing remarkable journey through hell and finally, redemption. I totally recommend this book. I can't wait to see the movie.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll 28 mars 2010
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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Cherie Currie's memoir is a roller coaster ride that's far beyond what most people will ever experience. She had more horrible things happen to her as a teenager than ten average people would have in an entire lifetime. A lack of parental supervision, a rebellious nature, and life on the road as a member of the Runaways led to many experiences that will simply make your jaw drop. I thought that Cherie losing her virginity at fourteen by being raped by her twin sister's boyfriend must be the low point of the book, but, incredibly enough, it gets much worse. After she joined the Runaways, she had to deal with the sleazy Kim Fowley and other people, and she fell into drug abuse which lasted for many years. Her attempt at becoming a rock star wasn't nearly as successful or lucrative as it should have been, but she somehow managed to survive her many bad experiences and drug addiction. I'm glad she made it through to the other side and got her life together, and I'm very glad that she wrote such a powerful memoir. It's a stunning piece of work. I'm sure the new Runaways movie will show some of the dark side of her life, but I'm also sure it will be a Disney story compared to this book. Buy this book and prepare to be astounded.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Careful what you wish for, a cautionary tale. 23 mai 2010
Par S. Kidd - Publié sur
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I was very much looking forward to starting this book and although I was already familiar with some of the material there was also so much more to discover for the first time. I was not disappointed at all with the book and found it to be an engrossing read throughout, Cherie Currie's story is very unique.

The young Cherie could be described as a teenage rebel with a heart of gold who was obsessed with David Bowie before her life was changed forever when she was asked to audition for the Runaways, the first all girl teenage rock band. After joining the group, managed by the notorious Kim Fowley, the rock and fame game was quickly exposed as a never ending slog of recording and touring with the girls worked non stop by the unforgiving Fowley who basically took advantage of them at every turn while bleeding them dry. To help them keep up with the demands of the schedule the group were plied with drugs pretty much every day on tour and inevitably this had repurcussions for most of them later in life as the book goes on to detail.

After only around 3 years or so with the group and only moderate success Cherie left and immediately tried a solo career again under the guidance of Fowley but with little success. Unfortunately the Runaways were never accepted by the music press as anything other than a novelty act put together for Kim Fowleys amusement, which is a shame as they blazed the trail and made some kick ass rock n roll into the bargain. She then dabbled in acting and was probably the best thing in the 1980 movie Foxes, a teen movie which tried to show what the youth of that period were going through, which co-starred Jodie Foster. A couple of cheapie horrors followed before her chronic cocaine abuse saw her promising acting career all but destroyed as her unreliability saw her name become mud in both the film and music worlds. A disastrous duets type album with her sister was also a bad idea.

What struck me as I read this book was how strong and tough Cherie has been to come through all she has, especially much of it happening to her so young, and come out a stronger person. Arguably the worst incident is the second rape, the first happened prior to her stint in the Runaways, which is a truly horrible part of the book but is still described vividly and clearly but at the same time sends a chill down your spine. I bet she still curses the day she agreed to get in that psychos car.

I feel that she suffered greatly in her youth from being poorly supervised and also just being incredibly poorly advised by the adults in her life. Often being more or less forced into things which she must have known were bad ideas or things she just didnt want to do. The part she describes about being coerced into sleeping with some "teen idol" by Fowley while on her period is just shocking, as is Scott Anderson, the groups "handler", getting her pregnant and then doing nothing to help her when her father suggests she have an abortion. Another decision, that more or less killed her music career, was her fathers insistance on recording an album with her sister which ended up sinking without trace and killed her recording career. Thats a great shame as Cherie has one of the most interesting, distinctive voices I've ever heard.

One of the most interesting and eye opening parts of the book is the chapter which covers the Runaways European tour, the British audiences being angry and wanting their pound of flesh. For 16-17 year old girls this must have been terrifying however they got through it, good on them. The way she describes the show they did in Glasgow, Scotland is brilliant and as I was reading it I almost felt as if I was in that awful crowd, with some moron throwing a huge knife at her feet. AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!

Later in the book comes the cleanup and recovery after years of drug addiction and her marriage and starting a family before finally turning herself into a chainsaw artist. All in all I thought this was a great read and one which I will probably return to at some point. Much of the story is definitely a cautionary tale as the girls in the Runaways all kind of got what they wanted at times but were ultimately made to work incredibly hard for very little reward and come the dissolution of the Runaways some, like Cherie, struggled to recover, and in the case of Sandy West never really got over the breakup of the group before she died of cancer a few years back.

The fact that the Runaways never reformed for even one reunion tour tells its own story I feel as clearly the wounds suffered by some of the members in that period obviously ran very deep and had never healed properly, even after 20+ years.

The biggest weakness in the book for me would be the lack of insight from Cherie into the music she helped make, only a few tracks are actually named and even then there is no great detail. Why not list the tracks from the Runaways records and then go through them individually with her thoughts, memories and opinions. This would have added greatly to the book and given more idea of how she feels about those records today but alas this would be my only real quibble.

All in all a dark tale which for Cherie at least had a happy ending. But careful what you wish for.....

Sorry if this review is really long but I thought this was a great book and a very inspiring story. Enjoy.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Outrunning Fate 2 juin 2010
Par Richard Bellush, Jr. - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Neon Angel, the autobiography by Cherie Currie on which the recent biopic Runaways is based, makes a good if disturbing read. In part Neon Angel is the peculiarly show-biz story of fame arriving too early. In part it is a tale of addiction and dissolution, and all addiction tales sound alike in so many ways.

Readers who are old enough will remember The Runaways as a 1970s all-girl power rock group. I do mean "girl." Cherie Currie was 15 when she joined the group as lead singer. Joan Jett and Lita Ford were two of the other members. Currie does a good job of detailing the origins of the band, the eccentric personalities, the unwholesome environment, and the stresses her involvement caused with her own dysfunctional family - including with her twin sister Marie. She describes the infighting inevitable in any group. Currie and Lita Ford in particular often were at odds.

The Runaways were successful in the sense that they were well-known, sold records, and filled concert halls. The economic realities of the music business then were less favorable to performers than today, however, so in the absence of a true major hit record, none of band was getting rich during its heyday. The band scraped along despite a grueling concert schedule. The European tour was especially nasty with violent audiences (this was the punk era) and an arrest of the entire band in London. The Japan tour went off better, but Currie was breaking down physically and emotionally. She quit the band in 1978 in the middle of a recording session. Drug abuse was the core problem, though she wasn't yet ready to acknowledge it.

Currie blew her opportunities over the next few years, including a promising start as an actress, largely due to drugs. After she failed to show for a Murder, She Wrote shoot, both her agent and her manager dropped her. She became estranged from her friends and family because of her behavior, which included forging checks from her father's account to pay for drugs. She was hospitalized twice from car crashes involving drugs and alcohol. She kept company that exposed her to extreme danger and abuse. All that really mattered to her was coke, booze, Quaaludes, Benzedrine, and free base. She woke up one day in the hospital in "the terminal phase" of addiction with her heart and organs failing. The doctor told her if nothing changed she would be "dead within weeks." Cherie's recovery began then.

Cherie Currie survived long enough to reach a point where recovery was possible for her. Many others are not so lucky. Many people use (and abuse) alcohol and drugs, of course, without being destroyed by them. Why are some people all-consumed by mind-addling substances and others not? In my observation (perhaps unscientific, but not uninformed) there are some people who are just chronically unhappy even when nothing bad is happening to them. Life is painful for them when they are not high. Anyone who cannot put all activities aside, sit in a chair, and just enjoy "being" may be at risk. Some, like Cherie, eventually find their way to a mellower place. They need personal strength and a good deal of luck. No one else can do it for them.

Cherie Currie is now a successful chain saw artist - yes, that's right.
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