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Neon Angel by Cherie Currie
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Apr 22, 2010

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bookshelves: 26-books-for-2010, rock-n-roll
Read from April 19 to 21, 2010

I picked up this book because I heard a review of the movie it's based on, and I was intrigued.

The book is pretty graphic - as you can imagine - the usual sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll stuff. This is the memoir of Cherie Currie in the all-girl teenage group "The Runaways." Joan Jett was one of her band mates.

I couldn't help but feel that a lot of it was a bit clichéd - as if only she had the ability to see in advance the pitfalls of being a young woman in the music business - the exploitation of a group of young, hungry musicians, the partying, the drugs. It's hard to believe at times that there was no one looking out for this young woman - especially considering that she came from a family that was in show business and expressed reservations at different times of her manager and his goons.

Will probably rent the movie, I'd be interested to see how they adapted it.

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