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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  4,045 ratings  ·  352 reviews
The author recounts her teenaged years as the lead singer of the all-girl rock band, the Runaways, her career as a movie actress, and her battle with drugs and alcohol.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 23rd 1989 by Price Stern Sloan
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Rachel Kramer Bussel
This wild ride of a memoir takes us from Currie's suburban upbringing as a young rebel, dyeing her hair red, white and blue and dressing up as her idol, David Bowie, to, in a turn that is dramatically sudden, being asked to audition for The Runaways by Kim Fowley and Joan Jett while at her local hangout. All of a sudden, she's thrust into the big-time world of rock music, and the pace is hectic, with fame, and drugs, chasing the band.

The heart of the story is Currie's quest to find a family
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeannie by: Alex
I've always been a huge Joan Jett fan so this book was a magnet for me. Loved the whole book, her life and her story. Unlike many celebrity memoirs I have read, she is so likable you just can't help but feel all that she has survived. I love this girl and love this book!!
Laurel Beth
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned

I think it goes without saying that the writing isn't inventive literary genius, or like, follows normal rules of tenses. But that's not why you read this book. you read it to see what life is like going from a 15 year old valley freak, to a 17 year old banshee in a globe trotting touring band, to a 21 year old coke burnout living in the Hollywood Hills with a fat dealer and passing out at the grocery store.

At first I was miffed that the beginning of the text opens with a "This book is based in
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, 2010
Fame, manipulation, bad hair, and lots and lots (and lots) of quaaludes.

What a train wreck. Both the text (did she have an editor?) and the story (though on the story side of things, that's what keeps you reading, of course). It's hard to look away but in this case, sometimes I really wanted to. I'm afraid I'm forever damaged by Cherie Currie's horrifying history of sexual abuse and stupidity. If you were repulsed by the film version of Kim Fowley, don't even pick this up. Dude is despicable.
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
3.5 stars - After seeing the movie The Runaways I felt led to pick up Cherie Currie's book at the library. Overall, Neon Angel was what I expected - a behind the scenes look at the drug-fueled downfall of a former teenaged rock musician/actress. Currie experienced more in her first 20 years or so than usually seen in several lifetimes. Unfortunately most of the negative experiences seem to be caused by her own (drug-addled) choices or naivete. Many times I was struck by how incredibly naive she ...more
Sian Lile-Pastore
at the beginning of this book i felt slightly disappointed in myself that I didn't join a band when i was 15 and go on tour and get a bit crazy while wearing a corset and suspenders(i was busy getting videos out of pier video in aberystwyth and reading books about aleister crowley), but by the end of reading this i realised that i had made the right choice. (and ye-es, there wasn't really a choice - no one came and asked me to join a band while i was hanging out in the sugar shack).

so, there are
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
She had me with the first chapter, where she first describes her Bowie fixation. Despite the fact that I've always had a soft spot for The Runaways, I knew I'd have an easy time reading the memoir of a fellow Bowiephile - but man, I had no idea what I was getting myself into with reading the stories of Cherie Currie's life. Even after seeing the Runaways movie (which was based largely on this book), I only knew the tip of the iceberg. Currie shares tales from her life that made my blood run ...more
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first read this book, I was a little confused. I had to go back and read it again.
Basically, I was confused because I have no idea how a memoir this good - raw and honest and confused and funny and sad - could have been boiled down to the piece of garbage that was the movie, The Runaways. Seriously, how did that happen?
Currie is not the most fantastic writer that ever existed. Her voice is plain and had a little of I'm-trying-too-hard-to-sound-like-a-real-author syndrome going on at
Mickey Tompkins
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like the Runaways stuff, but after she left it became the Nikki Sixx show with how much coke she did. The best part of the book was her encounter with James Lloyd White, that was absolutely terrifying!

I'm not sure if Cherie actually wrote this or had a ghost writer, but according to Joan Jett who did the forward she was even surprised by how well Cherie could write.....I agree

Her life is/was pretty amazing, and it's incredible she is still alive, she got her shit together it seemed
Caryn Rose
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a very tough book to read because it was a very tough story. This is a rewrite of an earlier edition and you can definitely feel that in parts. The beginning could be tough because there was less edit help than there was at the end. There seemed to be a conscious attempt to retain as much as Cherie's voice as possible and that did make reading the story tough at times. I wish there had been a little less voice and a little more editing in places because that would make the story easier ...more
Randi (The Artist Formerly known as Guitar Chick)
As a a huge Runaways fan, I loved this book instantly. There are better written books, but this had so much info on the Runaways, the icky Kim Fowley and Cherie's post Runaways life that I sucked it all in in a bout three hours. It's probably a good thirteen and up book if you skip the Kim Fowley's Naughty Things chapter. I did and I was just fine. Although some of the content is very intense, some of it is really very funny (i.e. Sandy West spraying Seltzer Water at a prostitute). A good read ...more
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: music fans, the runaway's groupies, memoir addicts
Ever since I opened this book I have been unable to stop playing the Runaways. That is how much I have been immersed, obsessed with this book. Cherie Currie has written a memoir that reads real, raw and full of life. Her life is sprawled out within this book and charts her time before and after the Runaways. God, I just love this damn book and now I have the runaways in my life.
Jul 29, 2014 marked it as to-read
I saw the movie the other day and then I came to check out the book and read: "Cherrie Currie, Neal Shusterman" as authors.
Neal Shusterman. I.'m blown away. My mission in life is to read every book of his, Am I going read this someday? I don't know.
Alexandra Simpson
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Phenomenal. I love Cherie Currie so much, she is definitely, my idol, after reading this book and seeing the movie. To hearing the music. The book was the cherry on top. She is a wonderful human being, who has grown so much. I loved it.
Rebecca McNutt
A powerful and inspiring story of life on the run, Neon Angel is about the nostalgia of 1970's music and the friendship of an exciting rock band as much as it's about the lead narrator's personal life.
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only came into contact with the Runaways through the feature film, and I only now realise that it's based on this book. Cherie Currie has had quite a history, typical of a rockstar in some ways, and unique in many others.

I'm surprised she made it out alive.
Mar 31, 2010 rated it did not like it
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You couldn't make this up if you tried to!

Before watching the movie The Runaways, I didn't know who Cherie Currie was. The Runaways, for me, was Joan Jett's first band, but the movie made me want to know more, and since Joan Jett is extremely private, I picked up NEON ANGEL: A Memoir of a Runaway. What a revelation it was! I can hardly find the words, but NEON ANGEL is a must read. It's enlightening, disgusting, exhilarating, nauseating, mesmerising, heartbreaking, and enthralling. The Runaways
Amber O
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Entertaining yet insane to read about kids having these experiences. Bonus cause an old boss gave me his copy and it's signed by Cherie Currie. ...more
Not particularly well-written, but nonetheless a supremely engaging read, NEON ANGEL tells the story of Cherie Currie, a girl who, within the space of several months, went from being a high school outcast to one of the hottest names in the rock 'n' roll music industry. As lead singer of the Runaways, Cherie Currie launched her career playing alongside the likes of Joan Jett and Lita Ford. Like all good rock 'n' roll stories, though, the dream quickly deteriorated into a nightmare of various ...more
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neon Angel read like a diary - it was honest and raw and kept me turning the pages. Some people might say that Currie was self-centered and that she caused her own problems, but I actually admire her strength and her ability to change the course her life was taking. It's a story that most definitely could have ended differently and does for many people.

The writing wasn't entirely impressive, but there were some scenes that I felt were very well described and there was a lot of emotion weaved
Everybody thinks they want the rock & roll lifestyle. Currie writes frankly about the fact that sometimes, it just smells like dog shit and is full of swears. I'm a third of the way through and it is harsh. Still, Currie's written voice has an undertone of 'hang in there -- this is where I started, but I'm coming to the happy part.' I hope it's true!

Reading this through my own personal filter: The 70s sucked. Sex and drugs were treated so cavalierly. Currie is just enough older than me, like
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This totally hooked me, in a car crashy way, all that sleaze and decadence. Kim Fowley! Bitchiness! And that whole late 70s Los Angeles disco darkness. I found myself just having to know what would happen next to Cherie, and some of it is just so bad. Poor Cherie. Then there were times when i just wanted to shake her and tell her to lay off the cocaine of a morning, maybe go easy on the tuinols, and stop pissing off Angela Lansbury. Still, she is obviously amazing, that hair, the outfits, just ...more
Sabrina Rutter
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-biography
Shortly after watching the movie The Runaways I came across this book during one of my online searches for interesting books. I was so excited to find this, and just knew I was going to love it! It did not disappoint!

Cherie Currie is lucky to be alive today for so many different reasons! I was shocked, and horrified at some of the things she went through. Oh, and let me not forget pissed off! If you think you're going to be reading some run of the mill celebrity memoir when you open this book
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved this book tremendously - especially how compassionate her voice became as the story went on and she became more self-aware - but as an abuse survivor myself, it's hard to shake the fact that there's almost nonstop darkness during her time as a performer and touring musician, especially when she later talks about all of the good times in a rather vague manner. A dark time is rarely all dark 24/7, and I think a couple of amusing and happier anecdotes (of which she assure the reader there ...more
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, non-fiction
Several months ago I sat down to watch The Runaways (the movie) staring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. I ended up really enjoying it. Going in of course I knew about Joan Jett (I love her stuff) and I knew the song Cherry Bomb, but I didn't know much about the band itself or their history.

I was intrigued enough to picked up Cherie Currie's Neon Angel, the book the movie was based on. It's rare for me to read a memoir but I definitely wanted to learn more. I was absolutely enthralled with
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
From page 331:

"When I was fifteen years old, I imagined that I could just jump into being a rock star, and never have to struggle for it. It was like one of those rides at the carnival where the bottom drops away and you're stuck against the wall, spinning wildly, feeling sick and disoriented, unable to get off or even move until the ride stops."

Currie paints a very raw picture of her life as the lead singer of The Runaways. Her story is intriguing and it was a great read.

Don't just see the move
Apr 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Let me begin with stating that I have always been and always will be a Joan Jett kind of girl. This book was not something that I picked up because of some weird Runaways movie tie in, but in fact have wanted to read for a long time. I love books about music and especially books of this nature. That being said, I felt that Cherie was a little "woe is me" and never thought about what anyone was feeling/experiencing. There were very negative lights cast on some members of the Runaways, and parts ...more
Tracy Fleming-Swehla
I couldn't put this down and stayed up all night to finish it. I was a Joan Jett fan, Lita Ford fan, and saw Cherie Currie in the movie, Foxes and was completely sucked into Cherie Currie's autobiographical account of those crazy crazy years in the Runaways. This edition includes a very nice intro from Joan Jett. The story also goes beyond the years of the Runaways to chronicle Cherie's personal journey through drugs, alcohol and the Hollywood scene. Great story. Good for her for making it ...more
Steven Davis
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit slow outta the gate what with having the time to read it. From the start, it's rolling thru Cherie's life. I ran into Kim Fowley in Hollywood after I saw The Runaways open for The Ramones. Was struck by the openness the author had in the telling of her life journey, the honesty and some of the brutality as well. Knew she was a chainsaw Carver, didn't know she was in recovery. Thank goodness. Grateful to have read her story. Excellent book! Thanks to a dear friend for sending it to ...more
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Cherie Currie (born November 30, 1959) is an American singer, musician and actress. Currie was the lead vocalist of The Runaways, an all-female hard rock (of which Joan Jett and Lita Ford were also members) proto-punk band from Los Angeles in the mid-to-late 1970s.

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