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Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway von [Currie, Cherie, O'Neill, Tony]
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“What truly amazes me is what a fine, honest, introspective author Cherie is, with an incredible tale about an incredible life, and a fascinating personal odyssey.” (Joan Jett)

“I don’t think a lot of people know the story of Cherie Currie. It’s an amazing story and she’s an amazing woman and performer. ” (Dakota Fanning on The Tonight Show)

“Raw and riveting.” (LA Weekly)

“Details the band’s short, messy history and the struggle with addiction that nearly claimed her life.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“[NEON ANGEL] reveals how the liberated life of a 16-year-old rock star in Los Angeles included many dark moments.” (Spin)

“Unflinchingly honest.” (Boston Globe)

“The striking thing about The Runaways, is how authentic it feels… One reason may be that the movie is partly based on Neon Angel, a newly revamped autobiography by the group’s lead singer Cherie Currie, whose chillingly quick self-destruction is relived through Dakota Fanning.” (New York Times)

“Currie is looking forward to giving Neon Angel its second life…the new version, with a foreword by [Joan] Jett, adds the sex, drugs and darkness that were missing from the first edition.” (Reuters)

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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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  • Verlag: HarperCollins e-books; Auflage: Reprint (13. März 2010)
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Mit der Mädchenband "The Runaways" startete sie ihre einzigartige Karriere.
Später wechselte sie zur Schauspielerei über. Heute schwingt sie die Ketten-sägen als
eine der besten "Chain-Saw-Artists" weltweit. Ihre Holzkreationen wirken lebendig und sind wunderbar.
Eine Karriere, die eindrucksvoller nicht sein könnte. Und nun das - sie schreibt ihre Lebensgeschichte
auf. Diese diente dann als Vorlage zum Film "The Runaways" (mit Dakota Flanning und Kristen Stewart verfilmt)
und da erfuhren wir dann, Cherie Currie ist auch eine exzellente Schreiberin. Wer hätte das gedacht?
Das Vorwort zum Buch schrieb keine geringere als ihre alte Bandkollegin Joan Jett.

In der Biografie beschreibt Currie ihre Kindheit, wie sie zur Leadsängerin der Runaways wurde, zu den Dreharbeiten mit Jodie Foster bis hin zu dem übelsten Tag ihres Lebens, an dem sie von einem Geisteskranken entführt und fast umgebracht worden wäre. Ein erschütternder Bericht, sicherlich. Aber es ist auch die Geschichte vom Phönix aus der Asche. Wie sie sich selbst aus dem Sumpf von Drogen, Alkohol und Gewalt befreite. Wie sie zurück fand in ein normales Leben und anfing dies schätzen zu lernen.
Die entsprechenden Fotos aus den verschiedenen Epochen werden im Mittelteil dazu geliefert.

Cherie Curries Geschichte ist, trotz allem, eine gute, eine positive Geschichte. Eine die uns glauben lässt, dass egal wie schwierig die Situation auch sein möge, man es doch schaffen und meistern kann. Cherie Currie ist der lebende Beweis dafür.
Ein großartiges Buch von einer großartigen Frau.
Da ist die Vorfreude auf den Film nun um so größer.
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Hallo!

Ich habe das Buch zwar noch nicht ganz durch aber bin schon sehr gefesselt von allem! Da geschehen Dinge, die hätte man sich in seiner Jugend niemals vorstellen können. Ich glaube viele Sachen konnte einfach auch nur passieren, weil es die 70iger waren und da war ja vieles etwas anders.
Cherie Currie ist eine durchaus begabte Erzählerin und hat ein anscheinend sehr gutes Gedächtnis. Man kann sich vorstellen, man sitzt bei ihr zu Hause und sie erzählt dir ihre Lebensgeschichte.
Sie ist eine toughe Frau und hat viel durchmachen müssen und dafür bewundere ich sie.
Das Buch ist wirklich einfach nur top und ich würde es jeden empfehlen der einfach mal eine interessante Geschichte lesen möchte!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Her Post-Runaways Story is Very Entertaining Too! 6. April 2015
Von R. Watts - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As far as rock memoirs go, this was is really good. It's honest, enlightening and entertaining. What you won't find here, like many autobiographies by rock musicians, is the old oh whoa is me act. Cherie accepts full responsibility for her reckless actions throughout the book and writes about it with illuminating intensity. The early sections on the Runaways are entertaining, but of course, there could always be more on that subject. Once she gets to the part of leaving the Runaways, the band or its members are hardly ever mentioned again. That's ok though, because her post Runaways life is just as interesting and this book sheds a lot of light on those years. From her short-lived acting career to her ill-fated solo career and the "sister act" she had with her twin sister Marie. There are some dark sections in this book as well. I won't offer any spoilers, but let's just say that her excessive cocaine use led her to some very unfortunate circumstances. We all know it's a happy ending, however, and it's amazing after reading this book that Cherie Currie managed to come out on the other end as a true winner. Check it out. It's a fast, entertaining read on one of rock's underrated front women.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Neon Angel read like a diary - it was honest and raw and ... 23. Januar 2016
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Neon Angel read like a diary - it was honest and raw and kept me turning the pages. Some people might say that Currie was self-centered and that she caused her own problems, but I actually admire her strength and her ability to change the course her life was taking. It's a story that most definitely could have ended differently and does for many people.

The writing wasn't entirely impressive, but there were some scenes that I felt were very well described and there was a lot of emotion weaved through every chapter.

It's so shocking that at such a young age, someone could experience so many extraordinary things, both good and tragically bad. I had to skip over most of the chapter that detailed Currie's abduction and rape. I'm not sure exactly what happened there, but I knew where it was going, and decided after reading that it gave other people nightmares not to expose myself to it! I don't often do that and I can usually read through scenes like that, so that's saying something about how awful I knew it was going to be without even reading it! I can't imagine the strength and perseverance it must have taken to overcome not just one rape, but two, along with an abortion, and a downpour of other bad experiences.

It's easy to forget that when she joined the Runaways, she was just a child; an essentially parentless child who was trying to fill that void with whatever she could find. Ultimately she found Kim Fowley who would make her dreams come true and tear her apart all at the same time.

I really enjoyed reading about the Runaways and their life on tour. It was fun learning about a lifestyle I could only wonder about. Despite how difficult it was to read about Currie's mistakes and all of the moments she naively put herself in danger, I found myself turning pages quickly, not because I wanted the book to end, but because I wanted to read about how she got her life back on track. It was really rewarding to find out that she did, indeed, do just that. For me, its the end result (her strength, determination, and resilience) that made this book a memorable and empowering read.

Also, just to add - I think the movie would have been much better if it stayed truer to the book.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great look at the Runaways through Cherie's eyes 2. April 2015
Von RaeLin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a very interesting memoir that held my interest from the start. The sheer amount of neglect Cherie (and many of the other girls) suffered while growing up led to predictable results when they were allowed to run wild without a chaperone other than a man who supplied their copious drugs, had sex with most of them and finally impregnated Cherie & then left her. Cherie's parents were legends in their own minds and forced their own parents, siblings and children to fall into line & not make waves. That resulted in: Cherie being raped as a young teenager but being too afraid to tell anyone; Cherie being forced into an abortion after being allowed to live with her adult boyfriend with a serious cocaine problem; Cherie being encouraged to drop charges against a sociopath who kidnapped her, repeated physically & sexually assaulted her and told her he was going to kill her (simply because the perpetrator was a friend of someone famous); & everyone ignoring Cherie's significant addiction issues until they started reflecting on the family. Doctors were hardly ever consulted throughout the book for situations that today would result in a 911 call, even from a young child, let alone a parent.

If the book had come with a forward saying it had been written from the view of her 15-year-old self I would have had no reservations in loving it wholeheartedly.

The parts about Kim Fowley were fascinating. That guy was an Grade A Prime freak show (I'm not referring to his appearance, only his actions.) He should have never been allowed near young teenage girls without a chaperone. EVER.
I wonder how much mental damage he did to the girls who didn't have as strong of a sense of self as the others. Girls that age can be very sensitive and easily hurt.

He was a brilliant businessman though. Getting his name on all those songs even if he only changed a few words was one of his biggest moneymaker throughout life. It's too bad the girls didn't have anyone on their side to fight for their rights.

This book is an excellent look at the history of the Runaways through Cherie's eyes. I have done some additional reading from other authors and also looked at information from the other girls to see their take on the history as well. By doing that I think I've got a fairly well rounded idea of what really went down.

This book is a good start on anyone's journey to learn more about both Cherie & the Runaways. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Careful what you wish for, a cautionary tale. 23. Mai 2010
Von S. Kidd - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was very much looking forward to starting this book and although I was already familiar with some of the material there was also so much more to discover for the first time. I was not disappointed at all with the book and found it to be an engrossing read throughout, Cherie Currie's story is very unique.

The young Cherie could be described as a teenage rebel with a heart of gold who was obsessed with David Bowie before her life was changed forever when she was asked to audition for the Runaways, the first all girl teenage rock band. After joining the group, managed by the notorious Kim Fowley, the rock and fame game was quickly exposed as a never ending slog of recording and touring with the girls worked non stop by the unforgiving Fowley who basically took advantage of them at every turn while bleeding them dry. To help them keep up with the demands of the schedule the group were plied with drugs pretty much every day on tour and inevitably this had repurcussions for most of them later in life as the book goes on to detail.

After only around 3 years or so with the group and only moderate success Cherie left and immediately tried a solo career again under the guidance of Fowley but with little success. Unfortunately the Runaways were never accepted by the music press as anything other than a novelty act put together for Kim Fowleys amusement, which is a shame as they blazed the trail and made some kick ass rock n roll into the bargain. She then dabbled in acting and was probably the best thing in the 1980 movie Foxes, a teen movie which tried to show what the youth of that period were going through, which co-starred Jodie Foster. A couple of cheapie horrors followed before her chronic cocaine abuse saw her promising acting career all but destroyed as her unreliability saw her name become mud in both the film and music worlds. A disastrous duets type album with her sister was also a bad idea.

What struck me as I read this book was how strong and tough Cherie has been to come through all she has, especially much of it happening to her so young, and come out a stronger person. Arguably the worst incident is the second rape, the first happened prior to her stint in the Runaways, which is a truly horrible part of the book but is still described vividly and clearly but at the same time sends a chill down your spine. I bet she still curses the day she agreed to get in that psychos car.

I feel that she suffered greatly in her youth from being poorly supervised and also just being incredibly poorly advised by the adults in her life. Often being more or less forced into things which she must have known were bad ideas or things she just didnt want to do. The part she describes about being coerced into sleeping with some "teen idol" by Fowley while on her period is just shocking, as is Scott Anderson, the groups "handler", getting her pregnant and then doing nothing to help her when her father suggests she have an abortion. Another decision, that more or less killed her music career, was her fathers insistance on recording an album with her sister which ended up sinking without trace and killed her recording career. Thats a great shame as Cherie has one of the most interesting, distinctive voices I've ever heard.

One of the most interesting and eye opening parts of the book is the chapter which covers the Runaways European tour, the British audiences being angry and wanting their pound of flesh. For 16-17 year old girls this must have been terrifying however they got through it, good on them. The way she describes the show they did in Glasgow, Scotland is brilliant and as I was reading it I almost felt as if I was in that awful crowd, with some moron throwing a huge knife at her feet. AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!

Later in the book comes the cleanup and recovery after years of drug addiction and her marriage and starting a family before finally turning herself into a chainsaw artist. All in all I thought this was a great read and one which I will probably return to at some point. Much of the story is definitely a cautionary tale as the girls in the Runaways all kind of got what they wanted at times but were ultimately made to work incredibly hard for very little reward and come the dissolution of the Runaways some, like Cherie, struggled to recover, and in the case of Sandy West never really got over the breakup of the group before she died of cancer a few years back.

The fact that the Runaways never reformed for even one reunion tour tells its own story I feel as clearly the wounds suffered by some of the members in that period obviously ran very deep and had never healed properly, even after 20+ years.

The biggest weakness in the book for me would be the lack of insight from Cherie into the music she helped make, only a few tracks are actually named and even then there is no great detail. Why not list the tracks from the Runaways records and then go through them individually with her thoughts, memories and opinions. This would have added greatly to the book and given more idea of how she feels about those records today but alas this would be my only real quibble.

All in all a dark tale which for Cherie at least had a happy ending. But careful what you wish for.....

Sorry if this review is really long but I thought this was a great book and a very inspiring story. Enjoy.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing book 27. Februar 2016
Von Deborah S. Eden - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is one of my all time favorite autobiographys one section after the runaways happened and she was attacked by some monster sticks in my head vividly as what makes up a survivor. She's a tremendous person who really bares all in this. Excellent excellent. She goes from the runaway to how her and her twin tried to make an album ( man when I was watching sha na na I wish I'd known then what I do now lol) if you haven't read this go out and get yourself a copy . I know Jett is notoriously publicity shy but I wish she would write a biography too they were my favorites of the runaways. I like lita ford I just can't connect with her the same way I feel that I connect with Joan and Cherie I mean close your eyes forever by ford/ Osborne is one of my all time favorite songs and yet her biography which is great didn't hit me the way neon angel did.
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