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Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway

By Cherie Currie, Tony O'Neill

During this candid autobiography, Cherie Currie—the unique lead singer of ‘70s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways—powerfully recounts her years within the band, her friendship with guitarist Joan Jett, and her fight with medications. An extreme, behind-the-scenes examine rock track within the gritty, post-glam period, Neon Angel is a must-read for someone whose center beats to the rhythm of David Bowie, Suzi Quatro, Nick Gilder, and the intercourse Pistols, and for each fan of the motion picture it encouraged: The Runaways, starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart as Cherie Currie and Joan Jett.

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I needed to provide the doubters the main insane, extreme rock-and-roll event in their lives. i wished to the touch them, the way in which that David Bowie touched me all these years in the past at the Diamond canines travel. i wished to alter their lives! i wished to change them—transport them! i spotted that we have been their delusion. we would have liked to be their delusion. . . As Joan sang “You force Me Wild,” I ran offstage and stripped off my jumpsuit. I ran my arms via my hair, my physique actually vibrating with the adrenaline pumping via it. I stood through the curtain, staring at the functionality move on. I waited for the downbeat that introduced the beginning of “Cherry Bomb,” after which I appeared—strutting around the level, and teasing the boys within the entrance row who have been all beating the shit out of one another for the opportunity to aspect shut sufficient to front to be in touching distance of me. I wrapped the microphone twine round my physique like a snake, and that i wailed the hole line of the track . . . bankruptcy 12 Kim Fowley’s intercourse schooling classification It used to be New Year’s Eve 1975, and we have been in our roadie’s VW bus, rumbling towards an nameless lodge in Orange County. this night we have been as a result of open for the Tubes. simply over a month ahead of, I became 16 years previous. someplace available in the market within the California warmth, I knew that folks have been on the brink of rejoice in the dead of night, yet for me and everybody else within the van, at the present time used to be simply extra miles of asphalt zooming prior with monotonous regularity as we have been shifted from the venue to the hotel after which again back. What not anyone tells you approximately being in a band is how fucking monotonous it could actually get among exhibits. Already I had seen—and smelled—enough of Stinky’s van to final me a number of lifetimes. I felt awful. The van didn’t have air-conditioning, and the passenger window was once jammed, so just a sliver of unpolluted air used to be making it inside of. With me and my pal Rick shoved within the again with all of Stinky’s junk, it felt love it was once 100 levels no less than. To most sensible it off, there has been Stinky’s physique scent, which permeated the whole position like mustard gasoline. The radio was once on, and our driving force was once tapping the steerage wheel, making a song alongside to Brewer & Shipley’s “One Toke Over the road. ” The regular rocking of the van began to make me think nauseous. “Are we nearly there? ” I groaned. “Yeah. Like, 5 miles to move . . . ” smelly stated, sooner than returning to his drumming. Ugh! 5 miles. I focused on respiring via my mouth. Rick, sensing my ache, pulled me nearer, giving me a hug. Rick was once a pal of mine from the Sugar Shack scene who was once going to hitch the band on level this night. all of us referred to as him Rick Bowie, simply because he had established his whole glance on David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust interval. He have been supporting out behind the scenes for it slow, occasionally aiding me with the dress alterations, yet this night he was once going to wake up onstage with us and dance, doing his entire Bowie bit. The express used to be on the Golden West Ballroom, a pleasant massive neighborhood membership. starting for the Tubes used to be continuously a spotlight for us: we loved the blokes within the band much, and Kenny Ortega, our choreographer, labored with them to boot, and was once part of their level express.

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