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.

After successfully cleaning up Dodge City, lawman Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) moves to Tombstone, Arizona, and wishes to get rich in obscurity. He meets his brothers Virgil (Sam Elliot) and Morgan (Bill Paxton) there and as well his old friend Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer). A band of outlaws that call themselves The Cowboys led by Curly Bill Brocious (Powers Boothe) and Johnny Ringo (Michael Biehn) are causing problems in the region with various acts of random violence, and inevitably come into confrontation with Holliday and the Earps, which leads to the shoot-out at the OK Corral…

“Tombstone” was made when Kevin Costner was making his “Wyatt Earp” and as far as I remember I only did see Costners version. A more stylistic, serious and slowpaced in depth look on the person Wyatt Earp, while “Tombstone” is a much more commercial actionadventure and a bit “simpler” take on the legend of Wyatt Earp in my eyes. “Tombstone” has a massive ensemble cast and I reckon that really gives life to the story and that lifts the movie as well. Most of the script follows known facts about Earp, but with a few sidesteps as far as I have understood. Kurt Russel is not too bad as Wyatt, but I had trouble accepting his fake handlebar moustache. However, the one who steals the show is Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday. I reckon one of his finest moments. I liked “Tombstone” until Earp ends up going on his own hunt for revenge, then the plot became a bit sketchy and a bit too much “actionstylish”. I reckon “Tombstone” is a pretty ok western, but I would not stretch it as far as saying it is up there amongst the great western movies as some people claim. (3 and a half out of 5)

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