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 medicinal drugs. An extreme, behind-the-scenes examine rock tune within the gritty, post-glam period, Neon Angel is a must-read for somebody 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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It were weeks of rain, chilly, uncomfortable lodge rooms, and antagonistic audiences. On most sensible of all of it, i used to be beginning to get ill. Waking up within the morning was once getting more durable, and while I did, occasionally I’d be nauseous past phrases. part of me puzzled if it was once due to the drugs i used to be taking, but when it used to be, then it used to be a facet impression i used to be prepared to tolerate. If I didn’t have medications that can make me cease feeling for it slow, i assumed that perhaps I’d have thrown myself out of the window of 1 of those chilly, outdated English inns. It have been weeks on the grounds that we’d arrived, and to this point we’d had in basic terms sunny days. the remainder of the time it were chilly, grey, and damp. I’m a California girl—I wanted the daylight. I had by no means felt as homesick. “Have you ever wondered,” requested Jackie because the van tore in the course of the evening, heading towards the inn, “where all the cash is going? ” “Didn’t Scott offer you a in step with diem at the present time? ” I requested. “He gave me ten kilos. ” “Yeah,” Sandy acknowledged, “me, too. you have to ask him. ” “No! I don’t suggest like ten cash the following and there. That’s pocket cash! I’m speaking concerning the real funds cash. ” Lita sighed. “It’s paying off our money owed, take into account? you recognize that. We owe funds to Mercury documents, the excursions are pricey, Kim’s been placing lots of funds into merchandising . . . ” “Every band has to do this stuff,” Jackie countered, “but I don’t imagine that they have got to depend upon handouts from their travel supervisor to outlive. ” She dropped her voice to a whisper. “Kim can pay Scott. He will pay the roadies. They aren’t the following at no cost. They’re on a wage. ” “So? ” Sandy laughed. “Of direction they're. They’re operating. If we didn’t pay them, we wouldn’t have a journey! ” “I simply think,” whispered Jackie, “that it’s a bit bizarre that the fucking journey supervisor is making greater than the band. Don’t you? ” A silence fell over we all. Jackie shook her head. “I imagine lot of individuals are becoming wealthy off people, and that we’re getting ripped off. ” no one had a solution to that. i suppose we had all been suspecting it in our personal method, yet there has been no approach to end up it, and no time to attempt. after all, all shall we do was once faux that it wasn’t taking place. continue taking part in, retain recording, and check out to make the Runaways the largest band on the earth. Jackie can have been e-book clever, yet she could were no greater than any people at attempting to name Kim out in this. She’d be fired ahead of she’d entire her first sentence. “Well”—Lita laughed—“that’s a method to kill a rock band. Starve it to demise. ” She was once attempting to be humorous, yet what she’d acknowledged really made experience. the reality was once that bands don’t get a divorce; they die. the best way issues have been stepping into the Runaways, that demise was once seeking to be a very violent and unpleasant one. “Shhh! ” We regarded up. Scott Anderson used to be strolling again towards us. all people received again to what they have been doing: Sandy and Joan have been hearing track. Lita used to be enjoying the guitar. Jackie had her nostril in a e-book. Scott came to visit to me. “Hey, Cherie,” he stated. I stared out of the window, ignoring him. while I felt his hand on my leg, I softened a bit.

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