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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
Top Customer Reviews
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!!!!
But rides don't last forever and eventually the book falls to band attempts, repeated lovers, an over abundance of drugs and an under abundance of money to live on. Possibly she should have stopped the book earlier as there is no great ending to this. Just old memories. Still, a different and somewhat interesting exploration do the 60s and 70s culture.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first heard of Cherry Vanilla when I saw her mentioned in an NY Post Page Six story when I was in middle school. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mary D.
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 14 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 23 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