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Lick Me: How I Became Cherry Vanilla Hardcover – November 1, 2010
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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
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Cherry's life has been a wild adventure, and she describes all the ins and outs of how she got fascinated by anything to do with the entertainment industry, all the ways she got involved with it and perhaps most important of all, the places this got her, throughout the years. Including whose bedrooms...
Cherry looks back on her conquests (and failures, triumphs, mishaps, adventures, ups and downs) with all the necessary traits, including self humour, pride and paradoxal modesty, melancholy as well as wisdom. But most of all, an honest yet enduring sweetness.
Between the lines of her refreshing writing style, you can tell that throughout all the ups and downs Cherry really enjoyed the ride, never took anything for granted and appreciates the front-row seat she had on so much glamourous history. Her enthusiasm definately rubbs off.
The result is a book that is impossible to put away. It's such a pleasure to read her stories, and impossible not to get cought up in the flow of it all and keep reading to see what (or who!) else life had planned for her. And how she took control or lost it again, somewhere along the adventurous road.
The book follows her exploits up to the point where she's earned the spotlight for herself, ending with an epilogue that quite strongly impresses that the rest would be equally interesting (though perhaps less explicit) a read, which leads to the hope that Cherry will some day pick up the pen again. Until then, we have "Lick Me" to cherish and read again.
Or, as Bowie said to Cherry's delight: "Good job, Vanilla!". Great book!!!!
It was also laugh-out-loud funny in many places, something that comes from Ms. Vanilla's fearlessness, absolute freedom from ego and unflinching candor. There's the throw-away line from her diary about the time she met Will "Grandpa Walton" Geer on a TV talk show and she says, "I think he's gay, but we flirted anyway"; then, when he brings out some buns he's baked for the show, she takes one and pipes up with, "I'm holding Grandpa Walton's buns on TV." There's also the time she makes a Grumman's Chinese Theater-style "ass-print" in a block of pink cement outside a downtown bar and the block of cement then hangs outside the bar on two chains for several years, until some friends in her crowd comes along with a blowtorch and make off with it. And the time her old-standby vibrator, which she'd named "Eddie," breaks down and almost sets her genitals on fire.
There are also several moving and unforgettable scenes, starting with the one in which her father, when she was five, subjects the family dog (a Dalmatian named Lady) to a hot-water/rubber-hose abortion that leaves the dog traumatized, untrusting and ultimately dangerous, so that the parents have to put her down.Read more ›
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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 7 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 17 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 on January 25, 2014 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