“What truly amazes me is what a fine, honest, introspective author Cherie is, with an incredible tale about an incredible life, and a fascinating personal odyssey.” (Joan Jett)
“I don’t think a lot of people know the story of Cherie Currie. It’s an amazing story and she’s an amazing woman and performer. ” (Dakota Fanning on The Tonight Show)
“Raw and riveting.” (LA Weekly)
“Details the band’s short, messy history and the struggle with addiction that nearly claimed her life.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“[NEON ANGEL] reveals how the liberated life of a 16-year-old rock star in Los Angeles included many dark moments.” (Spin)
“Unflinchingly honest.” (Boston Globe)
“The striking thing about The Runaways, is how authentic it feels… One reason may be that the movie is partly based on Neon Angel, a newly revamped autobiography by the group’s lead singer Cherie Currie, whose chillingly quick self-destruction is relived through Dakota Fanning.” (New York Times)
“Currie is looking forward to giving Neon Angel its second life…the new version, with a foreword by [Joan] Jett, adds the sex, drugs and darkness that were missing from the first edition.” (Reuters)
Cherie Currie, with her signature Bowie haircut and fishnet stockings, was the groundbreaking lead singer of '70s teenage all-girl rock band the Runaways. At the tender age of fifteen, she joined a group of talented girls—Joan Jett and Lita Ford on guitar, Jackie Fox on bass, and Sandy West on drums—who could play rock like no one else.
Arriving on the Los Angeles music scene in 1975, they catapulted from playing small clubs to selling out major stadiums, headlining shows with opening acts like the Ramones, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, and Blondie. Currie lit up the stage with the provocative teen-rebellion songs "Cherry Bomb," "Queens of Noise," and "Born to Be Bad," riding a wave of hit songs and platinum albums, all while touring around the world.
On the face of it, Currie's is a riveting story of girl empowerment and fame. But it is also an intensely personal account of her struggles with drugs, sexual abuse, and violence. She and her bandmates, runaways all, were thrown into a decadent, high-pressure music scene where on the road, unsupervised for months at a time, they had to grow up fast and experience things that no teenage girls should. Neon Angel exposes the side of the music industry fans never get to see, and chronicles the group's rise to fame and their ultimate demise.
Shocking and inspiring, funny and touching, Neon Angel stunningly re-creates a bygone era of rock and roll, all the while providing an inside look at growing up hard under the relentless glare of the public eye, and chronicling one tough woman's fight to reclaim her life.See all Editorial Reviews
Cherie's account of LA madness in the mid 70's was staggering. I went from not being able to put it down to having to put it down for awhile, it drew such an accurate portrait of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeanne Russell
Cheers to Cherie Currie! What a great revealing read, I can not put it down.Published 1 month ago by Charlene Stewart
Cherie does a great job here telling her story. Very brave woman to share her experiences. Survivor, yes, but also one not afraid to speak up.Published 1 month ago by Tracy Fortenberry
After writing a cautious Book about the dangers of The Music's Industry and Their Sleazy people like Kim Fowley that was know as a Rapist, pedophilic and a deviant , knowing for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steven M. Morris
Every female rock band owes the runaways a huge debt of gratitude.They blazed the trail for them.Published 4 months ago by craig senger