Rebel Heart: An American Rock 'n' Roll Journey

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Macmillan, Jul 19, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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Rebel Heart is Bebe Buell's no-holds-barred account of her life at the center of the rock scene in the '70s and '80s, when rock stars were royalty. A wild child model who took New York by storm, Buell captivated a generation of rock's greatest talents. Her relationships with musicians like wunderkind Todd Rundgren, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler--father of her daughter Liv-Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page and Elvis Costello played out against a backdrop of some of the most legendary locales of the era: Max's Kansas City and CBGBs in New York, the "Riot House" in Los Angeles and Tramps in London.

Bebe's spirit informed some of the greatest songs of her time, and her book is bursting with the stories she was a part of, the fun she had, and the music she helped make.

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When rock took its first giant steps in the mid-1960s, there was Pamela Des Barres (I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie. o.p.); when it blew its wad in the late 1970s, there was Bebe Buell ... Read full review

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True to her nature, complete fiction.
Bebe longs for attention to extreme, something of which remains to elude her. One would almost pity her if not for knowing how selfish and vindictive she is.
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compulsive liar, the only truth she confesses is her serious mental illness. Sadly her tale involves only her far fetched fantasies; within her narcissism she has yet to realise why she is despised by every man she used through the years.
A typical sociopath, her need for attention and to be someone caused her daughter public pain and continuous humiliation, enough so that her daughter has nothing to do with her. Not having a bond to begin with as she left her child to be raised among others her whole life, it is no wonder. In Bebe's attempt to obtain fame through her daughter she lost even her respect in the end.
This book is not an autobiography, but a drama and tragedy.
 

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About the author (2002)

Buell is a former model who performs with her band across the country and in New York, where she lives.

John Cale has led an extraordinary, often hilarious life at the cutting edge. A volatile personality, an innovative thinker and an expressive storyteller, he has wrestled with drugs, alcohol, and fame, yet is now at the peak of health and artistic achievement. He lives in New York City.
Victor Bockris, a veteran chronicler of the Beats and the Factory, has worked closely with Cale to produce what will undoubtedly become one of the most vivid and revealing insights into the heart of the rock world.

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