Saturday, October 8, 2011

Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway

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Currie, Cherie, and Tony O'Neill.Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2010. Print.

Annotation: Cherie Currie, lead singer of the once famous all girl band , The Runaways, tells us the trials and tribulations of being a teenager while trying to deal with fame, family, friends and relationships.

Review:  Cherie Currie was your average 15 year old girl living in California during the mid 70’s.  Although having to deal with her parents splitting apart, she lived a teenager’s life of partying, listening to rock and roll and experimenting with drugs and sex. She dreamed of a bigger life, but lived a very average one. 

All of that changed when famous (or infamous) record producer Kim Fowley and not so famous Joan Jett discovered and asked her to be the lead singer of the all girl band, The Runaways.  From dreaming of stardom to finally getting stardom, Cherie Currie  takes great courage in explaining the underbelly of the male dominated rock scene as well as exposing the hardships of dealing with drugs, rape, abusive record producers, and trying to hold onto relationships with friends and family. 

Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway is a gripping account how much abuse female rock musicians had to endure to try and make it big.  Cherie Currie gives us and in depth look at an experience and a band that helped open the door for future female rock artists.  

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