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4.0 out of 5 stars Cherie bomb
Rock'n'roll has always been the realm of men, but some women have gotten to shine over the years as well. "Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway" chronicles Cherie Currie's brief time as a reigning female rocker with the band the Runaways -- drugs, sex, rock'n'roll, and the painful memories of a young girl who grew up too fast.

At fifteen, Cherie Currie's family...
Published on 2 Jun 2010 by E. A Solinas

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3.0 out of 5 stars good book
Good book nice cover not really a biography or a novel bit of a mix of both bit odd but good all the same i found it a little hard to get in to
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cherie bomb, 2 Jun 2010
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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Rock'n'roll has always been the realm of men, but some women have gotten to shine over the years as well. "Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway" chronicles Cherie Currie's brief time as a reigning female rocker with the band the Runaways -- drugs, sex, rock'n'roll, and the painful memories of a young girl who grew up too fast.

At fifteen, Cherie Currie's family had completely crumbled and she had been raped by her twin sister's slimy ex-boyfriend. So she had a lot of rage and rebellion boiling inside... which was exactly what a sleazy manager out to create a "bad-girl" rock'n'roll band wanted. She became the lead singer of the five-girl band The Runaways, along with rock legend Joan Jett.

But the Runaways didn't have the glamorous wild life they had hoped for, since their manager pocketed almost all their money and they were forced into a grueling grind of record-cutting and touring. But internal tensions within the band started getting nasty because Currie was getting too much attention, and a nasty split from the band threw her into a downward spiral.

Cherie Currie is definitely one thing: brutally honest. "Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway" is like watching someone rip off a giant band-aid and showing the world the scars underneath. Her story about the Runaways is filled with sleazy men, loveless sex, hard-boiled bandmates and the consequences of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. There's no glamour here.

In fact, she's most brutally honest about herself. The overall tone of the book is that of a mature woman ruefully looking back on her youthful mistakes, and she never sugarcoats the horrible things that happened. There's a raw pain to her stories -- her downward spiral after quitting the Runaways (including stealing all her dad's money for drugs), her abortion, and a grotesque story about being kidnapped and raped by a crazy murderer.

In fact, by the time Currie's story hits age twenty, you feel exhausted. But it's pleasant to hear about her finally finding her way in life and getting past her all-consuming drug addiction -- there's an afterword where she describes how her various family members are getting on, and what she is now doing with her life

"Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway" is a bloody, dirty, chaotic tale of rock'n'roll life -- definitely not a light read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely sensational autobiography, 3 Nov 2010
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Wow! A lot happened/was done to Cherie Currie, if its all true, and she emerges stronger, wiser, and still rocking.

Its well (ghost) written, and I found it hard to put down. Pretty upsetting at times though.

If you are coming to this from The Runaways movie, you will be amazed how much the movie toned things down. Kim Fowley does not emerge from the book as the colourful, eccentric, oddball, sleazy genius of the movie, but as a nasty, undoubtedly criminal character (albeit still responsible for getting the band going per the legend).

BTW, if you read it & want to know who the unnamed rock star was, join the Runaways official forum, and see what Jakesmom has to say on the subject. (Jake Hays is Cherie's son!)Jackie Fox also casts her lawyers eye on the book, with a long "errata" message, but just on references to herself.

One of my own corrections - Britain had 3 TV channels in 1976, not 2. So there Cherie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock and roll nightmare, 26 Aug 2012
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an absolutely brilliant read.shocking,upsetting but brutally honest book recounting Cherie Currie's days in The Runaways and the hell she went through only to come out stronger at the end of it.an uplifting and emotional rollercoaster ride.exploited by most of the men in her life at the time,this book does have a lot of love in it too...from her family and later her husband...once started this is hard to put down.i won't spoil it by revealing too many details...be warned:it isn't pretty but you sure as hell won't be able to tear your eyes away from it....so strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.you won't forget it and you most certainly won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read, 3 Sep 2011
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This is a very good book. You almost become disoriented with Cherie as she recounts her drug filled early life. It is an interesting account of the Runaways from one of its most iconic members. At points you wish you could get the opinions from other members of the band, to see their take on some of the events but obviously as Cherie's memoir it is distinctly from her point of view. It is well worth reading - it shows that no matter what life throws at you, you can choose to make it better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!, 7 July 2011
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I found this this book extremely fascinating. A very interesting and well written autobiography. And you don't have to be a Runaways fan to enjoy the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!, 29 April 2011
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Okay, I was not expecting all of what went on in this book.
Cherie Currie is insightfully honest about what happened in her overly complicated teenage and young adult years.
I have so much respect for Cherie because she went through so many horrifying experiences but she seemed to have pulled through and re-invented herself. Now she is a role model to a lot of people.
I completely recommend this book to anyone who would love an insight into the busy life of Cherie Currie in rock&roll and acting.
read it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down., 19 Jun 2013
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For anyone into the runaways, or rock (especially womwen's rock) in general, this is a very open and frank memoir of life on the road, plus an uplifting account of how the author has dealt with and survived awful things that would have broken the spirit of many. It is very compellingly-written and includes issues and events that the makers of the film shied-away from including in the film.

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read, a must read for Rock n Roll fans, 24 Feb 2014
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This is a hard hitting honest to goodness memoirs of Cherie Currie, lead singer with the all female band the Runaways. its funny and tragic at the same time.
Once i started this book I couldn't put it down until I finished it. Its an eye opener in to the the real world of sex, drugs and Rock n Roll.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great autobiography ..., 16 Jan 2013
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I read a lot of music bios and this is one of the best I have read. You won' want to put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely outstanding., 1 Dec 2012
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This is probably the most truthful and thought out auto-biography I have ever read. You really get to dive into the mind of Cherie Currie, and learn about everything she faced growing up as a Runaway from the highs to the lowest of lows, learning how she has built herself back up to the strongest person I could ever imagine. Absolutely flawless read, if you are thinking of buying this book do not hesitate.
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