November 2012


Cherie Currie powerfully recounts her teenage years in this candid autobiography “Neon Angel – A Memoir Of A Runaway”, chronicling the experiences that destroyed her self-confidence and led her to drug and alcohol abuse. At 15 she became the lead singer for The Runaways, a female rock group in the mid-seventies. The Runaways soared rapidly to success, but Currie was overwhelmed by the pace and constant travel. As the pressure increased, Currie went from marijuana to Quaaludes; amid family conflicts and quarrels with the Runaways, she eventually became a cocaine addict. At age 17 she left the group to produce a solo album; her drug use continued to escalate, moreso when she learned that her father was dying of alcoholism, and her mother, of cancer. Currie lets readers know that drug abuse destroyed her family, her career and almost her life; she hit rock bottom before realizing that if she didn’t get help she would die.

I became aware of Joan Jett back in the early 80´s when she released her “I Love Rock N Roll” album and I was sold. I was 9-10 years old and I thought she was the coolest, hottest, rock n roll girl I had ever seen. She was rock n roll personified. I kind of followed JJ through the years, but the knowledge of The Runaways and Cherie Currie came actually a bit later. Not sure why I didn´t really check JJ´s backcatalogue properly, but I remember the name The Runaways floating around. Nevertheless, once I dug into the story of Cherie Currie and The Runaways I became quite mesmerized. She was a radiant rock perfomer with a great aura and rock attitude back then. And The Runaways is a band that I reckon has never gotten the cred they deserve. A band that created all sorts of headlines, but not due to their great rock n roll music and their dynamics as a band, but rather the fact that they were 5 girls on stage not 5 guys. Cherie Currie has obviously gone through an incredible amount of emotional stuff in her teens which she managed to survive from and overcome as well. The rock n roll lifestyle she ended up in at such an early age almost ended her life and she presents the different sides of fame with all the sleaze, the Hollywood nightlife, drugs, abuse, rape, alcoholism and emotional decay. Cherie Currie had to grow up very quickly in life and find strength within to break free from her vices. “Neon Angel – A Memoir Of A Runaway” is good and I found it hard to leave the book alone. All the respect to Cherie Currie for telling her hard lifestory and for being one of the coolest female rock n rollers on the rockscene. The Runaways needs to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. They belong there. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts are nominated for 2013, but The Runaways should be nominated as well.

Fantastic.

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