Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway
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Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway

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by Cherie Currie, Tony O'Neill
     
 

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In this candid autobiography, Cherie Currie—the original lead singer of ‘70s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways—powerfully recounts her years in the band, her friendship with guitarist Joan Jett, and her struggle with drugs. An intense, behind-the-scenes look at rock music in the gritty, post-glam era, Neon Angel is a must-read for anyone

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In this candid autobiography, Cherie Currie—the original lead singer of ‘70s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways—powerfully recounts her years in the band, her friendship with guitarist Joan Jett, and her struggle with drugs. An intense, behind-the-scenes look at rock music in the gritty, post-glam era, Neon Angel is a must-read for anyone whose heart beats to the rhythm of David Bowie, Suzi Quatro, Nick Gilder, and the Sex Pistols, and for every fan of the movie it inspired: The Runaways, starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart as Cherie Currie and Joan Jett.

Editorial Reviews

Joan Jett
“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.”
on The Tonight Show - Dakota Fanning
"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
“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. ”
Spin
“[NEON ANGEL] reveals how the liberated life of a 16-year-old rock star in Los Angeles included many dark moments.”
Boston Globe
“Unflinchingly honest.”
Reuters
“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.”
New York Times
“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.”
LA Weekly
“Raw and riveting.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Details the band’s short, messy history and the struggle with addiction that nearly claimed her life.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061961366
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
242,991
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Joan Jett
“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.”

Meet the Author

Cherie Currie has been described as "the lost daughter of Iggy Pop and Brigitte Bardot." Shortly after the Runaways disbanded, the rock star landed a coveted role in the Jodie Foster movie Foxes, and later went on to appear in a number of other films. Currie is still performing, writing, and acting, and she continues to take on unorthodox endeavors. One of the most prominent chain-saw carvers in the world, she placed in two major competitions in 2005. She lives in California with her son, Jake.

Tony O'Neill is the author of Digging the Vein and Down and Out on Murder Mile, and the coauthor of Neon Angel and the New York Times bestseller Hero of the Underground. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter.

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Neon Angel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
travelingpants More than 1 year ago
I have been listening to The Runaways and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts for about 2 months now and I cannot get enough. On top of seeing the movie I needed more and was anticipating the release of this book for a while and it was the basis for the screenplay for the movie. I have recently got my hands on it and could not be happier. Cherie Currie did a wonderful job writing her memoir and it is a touching, fast-paced, thrilling story. She get's very personal with many of the traumatic events that have happened to her as early on as a young child. She also does an amazing job describing what it was like to be a part of the band and the ups and downs they had together. It is a must read for any fans of The Runaways, Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, music lovers, and anyone interested in stories about drug-use, parties and the affect it has on family and friends, etc. It's a wonderful book.
Vintage_radio More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and kept picking it up everytime I had a spare minute. It's an intriguing look into all the struggles the band went through personally and together. Also at the pain and suffering behind all the glitz and glamour. The experiences Cherie had at such a young age are riveting, and some of the things she went through after her time in the band will leave you with your jaw on the floor! I would defintely recommend this book for any fan of The Runaways, and if you loved the film, it's a much more in depth look at what went on in the lives of these girls. You will appreciate the film more after reading the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Throughout reading "Neon Angel" i became very inspired! Knowing that Cherrie Currie herself, wrote this novel made me feel well connected and I could understand and feel her emotions so much more. She keeps the book very fast-paced and makes you continuously wonder and thrive to know what's going to happen next. She tells her whole life story of all her life experiences and the hard things she has gone through. She even has around 16 pages of real life pictures of herself and her family throughout her life. I don't feel like this could have been written any better. It has everything you want in a book, suspense, emotion, excitement..etc. This book kept me excited throughout the entire story and I think it is a highly recommended book.
Charmaine Alphonso More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that i stopped reading it for a few nights becaue i really didnt want to finish it =(. Im not big on reading but boy am i happy that i read this. I wish i had such an amazing story to tell about my life. The runaways are lucky to have had so many memorable experiences.
bonsai_girl More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Neon Angel, and it was amazing. I admire Cherie Currie, the lead singer for The Runaways, for overcoming her drug addiction of over 10 years, and the many hardships she was faced with, during her time with the band as well as after she left. She seems like such a strong person who follows her heart and although there are many dark moments in her life, her story is an amazing and touching one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cherie Currie's story in Neon Angel is absolutely amazing and inspiring. The movie, which I did enjoy, could never have possibly done Currie justice; her struggles with abuse and addiction are relatable, while her struggles with life in the fast lane of rock and roll stardom are unique and different. Still, she writes in a way that makes sense of every emotion and choice she makes through the book, and though she ends up in some situations that few people can ever claim, her story remains completely relatable. I would like to note, however, that if mild typos bother you, this might be an issue. At least in the e-book edition, I did find a few errors. None the less- her writing style feels as though someone is sitting next to you, telling you their life story. An incredible, surreal, amazing, relatable, life story. I liked that. I would recommend this to anyone.
MrBowers More than 1 year ago
I have been a Joan Jett fan for a while, but didn't know about her time in The Runaways until the recent movie release. I enjoyed the movie tremendously and found that it was based on this book. Naturally, I bought it (eBook) and read it. There is so much more material and information in the book that if you enjoyed the movie, you really should read the book. Absolutely fantastic! I have a deep respect for Cherie Currie now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the pages in the see inside icon and automattiacaly could tell that the runaways have been in so much promblems to become famous so i would reccomand it to all of my family and my friends.
Shelby91011 More than 1 year ago
Interesting inside story of Cherie Curry's life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book it starts with cherrie curries life and goes into how she entered the runaway i love this book very interesting!!:)
momof2KE More than 1 year ago
i think the story is skewed in cheries favor,but it was a good read. ithought about fot days
DesireeBH More than 1 year ago
Neon Angel, by Cherie Currie, and published by Harper Collins, is truly a book that takes you in deep to a 348 page world of young Cherie's rebel past in a 70's setting in the San Fernando Valley of, Southern California. How can someone deal with the hurt and pain of a broken home with no dad to support you no mom to comfort you and a world of anxiety mixed with drugs and music can never satisfy the need of knowing that everything is not a dream but reality. Neon Angel is a life based book that appears to be very movie like but every word of every page actually happened to Cherie Currie and the consequences from her actions are riveting. Cherie was only 15 when she joined a rock band known as The Runaways, an all girls band consisting of five members including Cherie herself. She came involved deeply with the music and the words that they became real life to her as she would sing songs that talked about drugs, sex, rebelling against all authority, and resorting in the end to a reputation of shameless exposure to a corrupt society. Neon Angel is not just about the life of a young troubled girl but about the life of many teens her age at this point of history. Fifteen years old is a sensitive age where many girls and guys try to find a nook of friends to fit into but always wanting to be accepted as a popular type by others around them. Drugs is a main issue for teenagers because peer pressure is very relevant and addiction is likely possible to be the outcome of excessive usage of drugs. Reading this book you will find that Cherie was no ordinary teenage girl but yet looking for someone to love her as a result of a dysfunctional home and family. This book opened my eyes to a world of ups and downs during a perilous time of free spirit, heightened divorce rates in the home and young teens trying to find themselves just to fit in to society. If you're someone looking for a plain Joe Shmoe biography then Neon Angel is not the book for you unless you're willing to convince yourself that you're ready to read word on word extreme outtakes of a young girl caught in the middle of life and death, CAUTION: this book may cause serious brain hemorrhaging and shortness of breath due to the nonstop reading and fidgeting of wanting to know what will happen next. The first day I opened Neon Angel to read I was so caught up in the moment of Cherie's story I could not stop but wonder what will happen next and how the only way possible to know what will happen is by continuing to read. My favorite part of the book has to be the first chapter when Cherie and her twin sister lie to their mom get dressed in a dirty gas station bathroom and sneak off to a concert to see their favorite singer for the first time. The description of every moment placed into Neon Angel is incredibly well worded as well as a Shocker and mouth dropper for someone looking to read a biography of all things considered the good, the bad, and.the crazy. Neon Angel has shown that life lived to the fullest degree may not always be fun and games but can come at a high price of near death experiences which makes you think twice on what your next move will be and how to avoid the unexpected turnout. I would recommend Neon Angel to high school students looking for a refreshing book without the fantasy characters and fake upbringings of fiction but to see that some biographies should not be left on shelves to collect dust. Please read this book you will not regret it TRUST ME. : )
Miss-Kitty-timid-observer More than 1 year ago
As a big fan of the Runaways in the 70s, I couldn't wait to read Neon Angel. The book took me on a trip (pardon the pun) down memory lane. Cherie Currie's memoir is a behind the scenes look at sex drugs and rock-n-roll in the 70s. The book also details Cherie Currie's personal hardships and ultimate triumphs, from conquering drug addiction to overcoming emotional/physical abuse by unscrupulous adults in her life. Neon Angel details the formation of the Runaways and their rise to stardom as the first teenage, all-girl punk band. But more than that, it is the story of an entire generation growing up during the end of countercultural revolution. For many who grew up during the 70s (and can still remember it), Neon Angel will likely jog a few memories. The 70s presented the "perfect storm" of circumstances necessary for the Runaways to exist. The combination of casual parenting, prolific drugs, and sexual freedom and naïve teens resulted in a musical phenomenon that exemplified a generation. Unfortunately for Cherie Currie, the fame came at a price. Her life both on and off the stage is poignant and distressing - I felt guilty for loving the story knowing that the harrowing events actually happened.
SMoon More than 1 year ago
wow, what an amazing book! I haven't read the previous one but sure like the newer version. I think THE RUNAWAYS had gone through some pretty rough ****! Cherie Currie almost destroyed her life by being with the runaways! The book tells you about as well as their experience as the all-the-girl rock band and also Cherie's personal experience on what happened before and I think most importantly AFTER the runaways! Amazing book, amazing story! I even cried on some parts of the story. Touching!
BonjourStephhh More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book of all time! It skipped unnecessary detail and went straight into the action, everything Cherie said I could imagine it in my head so perfectly, as if I was there. It gave me a good vision as of how a celebrity lives and how it starts. I've read this book about five times already and I never get  bored with it even though I know what comes up next. Amazing book! I recommend it to anyone!
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AMAZING!!!!!
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