Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway

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Harper Collins, Mar 30, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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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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User Review  - mstrust - LibraryThing

Currie was the singer for the 70's teen band The Runaways. One of the first songs she ever recorded was the band's hit "Cherry Bomb", when she was fifteen years old. This memoir covers Currie's ... Read full review

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This was a very tough book to read because it was a very tough story. This is a rewrite of an earlier edition and you can definitely feel that in parts. The beginning could be tough because there was ... Read full review

Contents

Diamond Dogs and revelations
1
rebel rebel
22
the Queen of Hate
30
Learning Experiences
42
the orange tornado
57
Cherry Bomb
69
Welcome to the runaways
80
Moms news
88
too Many Creeps
201
Live in Japan
209
the Last Straw
219
Beautys Only Skin Deep
226
one Hundred Ways to Fry a Brain
232
the terrible Green Limousine
245
Killers and Clowns
265
Foxes
274

Saying Goodbye
95
Highs and Lows
105
touring
120
Kim Fowleys Sex Education Class
129
the road
140
Daddys Car
146
Snapshots of Europe
157
Greetings from Scotland Yard
171
Postcards from nowhere
182
The Queens of Noise
189
the Procedure
196
Battlefields
286
annie and Me
291
Life in the White House
296
Marie Says Goodbye
307
the twilight Zone
315
a new Life
323
the End of the ride
329
this Side of Forever
334
afterword
341
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Cherie Currie has been described as "the lost daughter of Iggy Pop and Brigitte Bardot." Shortly after the Runaways disbanded, the rock star landed a coveted role in the Jodie Foster movie Foxes, and later went on to appear in a number of other films. Currie is still performing, writing, and acting, and she continues to take on unorthodox endeavors. One of the most prominent chain-saw carvers in the world, she placed in two major competitions in 2005. She lives in California with her son, Jake.

Tony O'Neill is the author of Digging the Vein and Down and Out on Murder Mile, and the coauthor of Neon Angel and the New York Times bestseller Hero of the Underground. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter.

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