Monday, November 22, 2010

Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway

This is the book that inspired last spring's rock biopic, The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. The Runaways were the all-girl teenage rock band that launched Joan Jett's music career in the 1970s; and Neon Angel is the story as told by the lead singer, Cherie Currie (the Cherry Bomb herself). It's amazing how much Cherie went through - even for a girl who exploded into rock stardom practically overnight, at the ripe young age of 15. This is without a doubt the most exciting rock biography I have ever read. I don't know how much Cherie exaggerated for narrative effect, if at all, but if she did, I can't blame her. It makes for a really captivating story. I won't spoil the details, but just about anything you can imagine a teenage girl thrown into the seedy world of music business would have to deal with - Cherie endured it. And survived. A Highly recommended read.

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