Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway

By Cherie Currie, Tony O'Neill

During this candid autobiography, Cherie Currie—the unique lead singer of ‘70s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways—powerfully recounts her years within the band, her friendship with guitarist Joan Jett, and her fight with medications. An severe, behind-the-scenes examine rock tune within the gritty, post-glam period, Neon Angel is a must-read for somebody whose middle beats to the rhythm of David Bowie, Suzi Quatro, Nick Gilder, and the intercourse Pistols, and for each fan of the motion picture it encouraged: The Runaways, starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart as Cherie Currie and Joan Jett.

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If I’d concept for a moment that he will be coming with excellent news, i used to be sorely improper. as a substitute he and Kent had concocted a few harebrained scheme to damage into the fenced zone the place the bags used to be being held so that they may perhaps scouse borrow the coke. “It’s your coke, Scott! ” I whispered urgently. “I can’t visit prison on your coke! ” My belly used to be in knots. Scott whined, “If we can’t get into the carry, there’s not anything i will do! you simply got to pray that they . . . they don’t locate it! ” “We need to desire, Scott! simply because I’m telling the reality in the event that they do!

The soreness of understanding that my very own mom was once frightened of me used to be an excessive amount of for me to accommodate. So I needed to strength myself to prevent being concerned. to prevent feeling. it'd be years earlier than I observed my mother back. Lita’s tackle it was once basic. “Don’t fear approximately it,” she stated. “Parents may be bizarre. It’s their task to be bizarre. ” We have been in a tiny, decrepit dressing room following our first legitimate performance as Mercury files recording artists. It used to be at a tiny membership referred to as Wildman Sam’s. whilst I say tiny, I suggest it: this position may perhaps besides were someone’s front room.

Inside of, i used to be placing out bowls of potato chips whilst Vickie pulled me apart and whispered, “I have anything for you. ” She placed anything into my hand. I checked out it. It used to be a around white capsule, a capsule that was once a bit the fad at events in these days—a quaalude. with out hesitation, I popped it into my mouth and washed it down with a mouthful of rum and Coke. “Luding out” was once turning into considered one of my favourite highs in these days—when the combination of booze and tablets was once ideal, it felt as if you have been wading via hot, viscous liquid should you walked, and every gooey step despatched little shivers of ecstasy erupting down your backbone like firecrackers.

Yet there has been nonetheless anything lacking. I went to my cloth cabinet and grabbed a few fluorescent make-up pencils. I walked over to Marie and dumped them in her hand. “Okay, final want. day after today morning, ahead of we go away for faculty, i would like you to attract a huge red-and-blue lightning bolt throughout my face. like the hide of Aladdin Sane. You’ll do this for me, correct? ” “Come on, Cherie. You’re taking this too a long way . . . ! ” “Will you do it or no longer? ” Marie sighed, yet she didn’t say no. Yeah, i needed to make some extent, however it ran a ways deeper than that.

Good, she thinks that you’re going to serve her with court docket papers. ” “What? What the hell do you suggest? What courtroom papers? ” “Like, a court docket order. She has this concept that you simply . . . that you simply and pop are making plans to maintain her right here. To make her take custody people. ” i began to cry within. within the interval after Dad left and mother used to be taking good care of us, I had gotten used to the calm. yet now issues have been worse than ever: it was once the usual drama that the 2 of them appeared incapable of having past. They have been battling approximately who may still continue the home, who should still get the cash, who may still look after the youngsters .

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