A fixture in the music and club scenes since the 1960s, musician, groupie, and PR woman extraordinaire Vanilla takes readers on a wild romp through her drug- and sex-filled life. Born Kathleen Dorritie in Queens in 1943, Vanilla loved music from an early age and would often accompany her parents to the Copacabana in Manhattan, where she once met Dean Martin. Raucous parties--often fueled by acid and pot--were a fixture of her life in the '60s, as she dabbled in DJing in clubs and built an advertising career on Madison Avenue. In 1970, Vanilla had "a rock and roll revelation": she wanted to become a groupie, even though she was "already a twenty-six-year-old businesswoman of sorts." This led to trysts with musicians like Kris Kristofferson and David Bowie, whom she helped introduce to American audiences. As punk music began to overtake glam rock, Vanilla launched her own music career and briefly toured in the U.K., with the Police as her backup band, and later in the U.S. Vanilla's voice is distinctively sassy, despite her conventional storytelling methods, and her memoir is an entertaining peek into music's backstage world. (Nov.) (c)
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"Reading Lick Me is much like hanging out with Cherry: a refreshing dose of honesty and humor. Considering this book is about sex, drugs, and rock and roll, Cherry has an amazing ability to remember it all." Tim Burton, artist/filmmaker
"A swinging romp with one swinging gal! This juicy page-turner will have rock gossip tongues wagging their tales!" Kate Pierson, the B-52’s
"Pop art and glamour . . . an exciting and multiflavored story of the journey of a true icon! Cherry is rock and roll royalty." Countess Luann de Lesseps, The Real Housewives of New York City
"With matter-of-fact nonchalance the delightful Ms Vanilla tells an unrepentant tale of a joyously madcap life among rock royalty and the artistic elite." Pamela Des Barres, author, I’m With the Band
"You lucky bitch! Your New York was definitely not my New York!" Rufus Wainright, musician/composer
"I love this book. The writing is beautiful, sad, sweet, fun, and honest. Some people tell stories. Some live them. Every once in a rare while someone who lived an exceptional one takes the time to tell theirs." Dito Montiel, author/filmmaker
If you, like me, are interested in what it was like to be a wild child in the city, circa New York late 60s early 70s, this is the book for you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Santiagogo
I'm too young for this book. I had no idea who the people were that she mentioned in the book. I only bought it cause I saw in mentioned in reference to David Bowie and Claudia. Read morePublished 11 months ago by GIGI
it's most FABULOUS thing in LIFE!!! what could be more rocknroll than the life and times of CHERRY VANILLA!..the ultimate MUST READ!!Published 19 months ago by Jimi LaLumia
It was great to find out more about the amazing Cherry Vanilla. I feel like I was living it with her.Published on May 1, 2013 by DP
This book does keep yout attention; but doesn't compare with other groupie books. Not what i was hoping for. Same thing over and overPublished on March 10, 2013 by wonder mom
I am not good at writing reviews but I love this book!
Excellent reading material especially if you are into the background of the music scene of the seventies and... Read more
Long overdue, now we get the chance to share in the experiences of the legendary Cherry Vanilla, whose name is linked so often to Andy Warhol, David Bowie and The Police. Read morePublished on February 16, 2011 by uncledon