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Megan Whitaker
Chrissy Amphlett is truly the Queen of Rock n Roll, the one who all others following (Courtney Love ...) aspire to be. What she achieved in the male dominated rock industry in Australia is amazing. But she's not entirely a likeable person - and she admits that herself. I enjoyed the book for its insider scoop on 80s Oz rock and her take on her character, warts and all. The Divinyls are one of the best Australian bands ever - its a shame they never got the true recognition they deserved. After re...more
Lily Mulholland
Gosh, what an incredible life. 'Unputdownable' despite it being possibly more interesting for what it doesn't say than what it does. Chrissy is having a lend of her readers while at the same time laying herself bare. A very brave, if not quite honest, life story. Highly recommended.
Fantastic and inspiring! Chrissy is someone to look up to, I really believe she has the heart and soul of 1000 men. She is a brave woman and it was very confronting and real to read her biography. Very good book!
I really enjoyed this fantastic story. It was an inspiration with what was achieved and Chrissy's determination to get there.
Chrissy Amphlett was the original rock chick. This well written biography chronicles her hard won acceptance and rise to fame in the music world. The Divinyls probably could have been even bigger than they were and reading this book probably shows why. The last 3rd of the book is actually pretty hard to read, Chrissy seems by her own account not the easiest person in the world to like and she recounts quite a few "falling outs" she had with various people, but her sobriety, peace and the love sh...more
Stefan Sawynok
I want to score this higher because I enjoyed this book immensely. Chrissy lived a fascinating life, but I guess the thing that is missing is the introspection, the events are described without a lot of the discussion of the effects, impacts or lessons. That she survived her life is amazing, that she found happiness is in a way a relief. Chrissy lived her life without a safety net and it led to a destructive path. Maybe it's enough to be inspired by the story of a strong, talented woman, who liv...more
Lee Zebe
Very interesting. Music industry in oz rock days.
As much as I love Divinyls and Chrissy Amphlett, I simply cannot wax lyrical about this book. Somehow sex, drugs and rock & roll became awfully mundane and I found myself skipping a number of passages. I am pleased that I stuck it out to the end, and greatly admire Chrissy's attitude to her MS, and I'm also glad she found love with Charley. However, overall, I think only the die-hard fans will enjoy this book. Sorry Chrissy.
For me this book glossed over everything, and it would have been really interesting to have Mark's point of view. It was interesting to learn more about rock and roll in australia at that time though.
Teresa Taylor
What an amazing, inspiring, gutsy woman. A trailblazer in the rock and roll industry. Great read.
Lorraine McDonald
Read this last month too...excellent read...raw & totally awesome just like the lady herself :)
What a woman, loved the book!
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