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Lollipop Lounge

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  32 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Holocaust survivor, trailblazing perfomer, pioneer producer, and hell-raising iconoclast, Genya Ravan takes readers on an unforgettable ride through a 40-year career in music. From the highs of being the lead singer in Goldie & the Gingerbreads, the first self-contained all-female band; touring Europe with the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Hollies; and working as ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Billboard Books
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Larry-bob Roberts
Mar 17, 2009 Larry-bob Roberts rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-in-music, music
Genya Ravan is definitely a survivor. Starting with surviving a concentration camp when she was a girl, then going through sex, drugs, and rock'n' roll, surviving addiction, and then surviving cancer.

Ravan was in one of the first all-women bands that played their own instruments, Goldie and the Gingerbreads. Then she fronted a jazz fusion band called Ten Wheel Drive, and then recorded several solo records. And she also did record production, including producing the Dead Boys and Ronnie Spector.

Apr 18, 2011 Dan rated it really liked it
This is an excellent autobiography by NYC music icon Genya Ravan. She’s led a very interesting life and tells it all in the book. She survived a Polish concentration camp, drug/alcohol addiction, and lung cancer (where the original prognosis was that she had 3-6 months to live – that was back in the early 90’s). Her music career spanned 5 decades as both a singer/songwriter and producer but, in the opinion of many, never got the credit she deserved. She founded the first all-girl band (Goldie an ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Cyni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wild ride, this book is so full of open recounts. Lots of information on what it was like to be a female in rock N Roll back then. She shares her opinions, and experiences well. A strong busy woman in Rock.
A must have for a Genya Ravan fan. But it is a good read if you never even heard of her too.
Jun 11, 2014 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read. Couldn't put this one down.
Dec 17, 2014 Clivia rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Fascinating life story by a woman who has rocked since the early 60s. From girl group to record producer, Genya is still strong. The story begins when she was 7, with her family's escape from a concentration camp. Every stage of her life is a reiteration of that survival.
Aug 25, 2011 Meilan added it
It is a fascinating look at the place of women in the beginning of rock and roll. Her account of the lower East Side tenement life in the 40's and 50's is riveting, as is her survival of the holocaust.
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Mar 03, 2011 Ian Gabogovinanana marked it as to-read
Shelves: muse-ik, reviews
I love this woman.

She belted out songs like "Steve (Go All the Way With Me)" and "Junkman (I'll be Your Twilight Lover") in the 60's and 70's and I think she's still going.
May 25, 2013 Meliss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book. I can't wait to listen to the cd to hear what songs go with each chapter.
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