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CNN Chainsaw Art:
https://www.cnn.com/videos/entertainment/2020/02/18/cherie-curries-chainsaw-art.cnn

Click here to see the amazing Chainsaw work by Cherie:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=xFpeIE75pdU

Chainsaw Carving Event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYf0Ip_VyaY

"Career Retrospective" -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDjxKB-CUIo&feature=share

Learn more about Cherie and her chainsaw carving here: http://www.chainsawchick.com/about.html

 

 

Cherie Currie Releases New Star-Studded Solo Album

Blvds of Splendor”Via Blackheart Records

Order here and stream 


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WATCH: Cherie, Suzi Quatro, Nick Gilder and friends perform "Roxy Roller"


CNN Interviews Cherie & Matt

 

Billy Corgan, Slash, Matt Sorum, Duff, Juliette Lewis
and more make guest appearances

Digital-Only Release Features Remake of The Runaways
Classic “Queens of Noise”

Los Angeles, CA – April 29, 2020 - 70’s Icon and Ex-Runaways singer Cherie Currie has released her latest solo project which features a bevy of rocks finest on the new album, Blvds of Splendor. The album is available digitally today via Blackheart Records HERE and features guest collaborations with Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Slash and Duff from Guns N’ Roses, as well as Juliette Lewis, Brody Dalle, The Veronicas and drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), who also produced the set. “Cherie’s voice tells it all, she is the real deal. And now more than ever that voice tells the story of where’s she’s been in her life. This record is about who Cherie Currie is now. We’ve waited a long time to hear this icon of Rock N’ Roll do what she does best. I’m very proud to be a part of this album by one of the best female singers of all time.” said Matt.

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Cherie & Matt originally began work on Blvds of Splendor when Cherie was promoting The Runaways movie (currently streaming on Netflix) which stars Dakota Fanning as Cherie and Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett. After its inception, Cherie went back to work on her chainsaw carvings (see here: CNN) and did other studio work for 2015’s Reverie release, which features some of the last works of legendary Runaways manager/producer Kim Fowley.

In 2016, Cherie was set to release Blvds of Splendor when she had a near death accident while chainsaw carving falling over 12 feet to the ground off of a hilltop scaffolding. The accident left Cherie with partial facial paralysis and severe head trauma for over 10 months. After her recovery, she met and went in the studio with Fanny drummer & vocalist Brie Darling and in 2019 they released their critically acclaimed The Motivator album via Blue Elan Records. Cherie is back to chainsaw carving again and is ready to finally release Blvds of Splendor. I’ve never had so much fun making a record before. We all looked at each other and went, ‘Oh my God, there’s magic happening here Cherie said.

Blvds of Splendor was released on 180 Gram Translucent Red Vinyl for Record Store Day in 2019 with a limited run of 3000 copies. This is the first time the highly anticipated album is available worldwide digitally for the fans. The digital release features three bonus tracks (including a remake of The Runaways classic “Queens of Noise” featuring Brody Dalle, The Veronicas, Juliette Lewis and Matt Sorum paying homage to late Runaways drummer Sandy West) that were not included on the Record Store Day vinyl release.

View the Queens of Noise Recording Session

View In studio with Slash, Duff McKagan & Matt Sorum

View Behind The Scenes with Cherie & Matt Sorum

View Billy Corgan & Cherie in studio

View the 2020 Queens of Noise compilation

CLICK HERE to  listen & watch the lyric video to "Blvds of Splendor" 


 

 

 

 

"Throughout my career I've always tried to align myself with people that
push me to be a better musician and making a fresh Rock N' Roll Record for
Cherie Currie was just that. Cherie is an Icon and has the voice
that made this record come to life. 
"  Matt Sorum


 

Blvds of Splendor full album track listing

1. Mr. X
2. Roxy Roller
3. You Wreck Me
4. Black Magic
5. Blvds of Splendor 
6. Force To Be Reckoned With
7. Bad and Broken
8. Rock & Roll Oblivion
9. Shades
10. Draggin' the Line
11. Breakout
12. The Air That I Breathe
13. What Do All the People Know? – Bonus Track
14. Gimme – Bonus Track

15. Queens of Noise – Bonus Track



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Learn more about Cherie and her chainsaw carving here: http://www.chainsawchick.com/about.html

Album cover photo credit: Robert Sebree

For interview opportunities with Cherie Currie and Matt Sorum

please contact: KpPublicityGroup@gmail.com and http://kenphillipsgroup.com/currie.htm


 

 

Cherie Currie Song Commentary - Blvds Of Splendor


  1. Mr. X – “I loved singing this brilliant song. So well written and was honored to be backed by Slash, Duff and Matt. One of my favorites on the album.”

  2. Roxy Roller - “I’ve wanted to record Nick Gilder’s hit since the 80’s. Thanks Matt for making that happen and to Julie Ragins for her outstanding backing vocals!”

  3. You Wreck Me - “I wrote this song in 20 minutes and yes, it reflected my then break up situation. C’est la vie, baby!”

  4. Black Magic - “Working with The Veronica’s on this song really made it fun.”

  5. BLVDS of Splendor - “Billy Corgan is a genius. I will never forget watching him create this song. What a unique and profound moment in my life.”

  6. Force to be Reckoned With - “Holly Knight and my son, Jake Hays came together to write this song. They worked well together!”

  7. Bad and Broken - “One the most lyrically deep songs on the album.”

  8. Rock & Roll Oblivion - “ Lanny Cardola is one of my favorite people and his writing abilities shine here. This is one of my favorite songs to perform.”

  9. Shades- “Jake Hays wrote this song but Matt and I did some rewrites. Jake and I recorded a duet of his original “Shades” on my album Reverie. Now we have two unique versions of a great song!”

  10. Draggin’ The Line - “Kenny Laguna suggested this song. It was a fine addition.”

  11. Breakout - “ This was a fun collaboration with Matt at the helm. It has a bit of everything!”

  12. The Air That I Breathe - “The Holly’s version of this song has touched me all my life since childhood. It was an honor to sing it. I’m so glad Matt decided to keep it as close to the classic as possible.”

  13. What Do All The People Know ? –  “A great choice from Kenny Laguna. The harmonies were fun! It’s really a great song!”

  14. Gimme - “Gina Gershon wrote this song and owned it in her original demo performance but I do love the Beach Boys musical breakdown with saxophone!”

  15. Queens of Noise - “paying homage to the late Sandy West, Matt took extra care to play just like she did. A duet with Brody Dalle made this even more of an honor. Juliette Lewis and The Veronica’s were the Cherry on Top of this Runaways favorite. We miss you Sandy! You would be so proud.”

     

CHERIE CURRIE RELEASES BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR “ROCK & ROLL OBLIVION”

PARADE MAGAZINE SPOTLIGHT HERE

SHE ROCKS HONORS CHERIE WITH “GROUNDBREAKER” AWARD WATCH HERE

LOS ANGELES, CA -   70's Icon and Ex-Runaways lead singer Cherie Currie has released a brand new video today for "Rock & Roll Oblivion"HERE.  The track is from her critically acclaimed Blvds of Splendor album release via Blackheart Records HERE . For this special, one-of-a-kind "At Home"performance, Cherie (vocals) enlisted special quests Lanny Cordola (co-writer & guitar), Perry Farrell guitarist Nick Maybury,  Grant Fitzpatrick (bass), Greg Holt, Josh Zuckerman & Alyson Montez (strings)and John Tempesta on drums with 17 year old Runaways fan (Isaac Valiente) editing the video. 

 

“”Rock & Roll Oblivion” is one of my favorite songs on Blvds of Splendor. After making my first video “Roxy Roller” with Suzi Quatro and Nick Gilder, I thought a song with just my vocal would be easier so I could focus on the musicians and violinists I needed to make it worthwhile.   I reached out on Facebook and asked for violinists/fiddle players that wanted to be a part of my new quarantine video and was amazed at the talent. I picked my amazing three and we started to build the song. It was a flook to be able to have some of the the original musicians from the album, Nick Maybury and Grant Fitzpatrick and songwriter Lanny Cordola (who had just come in from Pakistan) come onboard as well.  The final key was editor Isaac Valiente (who had blown me away with his talented editing on Roxy Roller) stepping up to add his magic. He brings such awe to this video. I can’t thank all these talented musicians for their precious time. They are fantastic, uplifting human beings at a time when we really need the positivity.  They will never know how much they all mean to me and how grateful I am for them all.” States Cherie.

In addition, Cherie has been honored with the She Rocks "Groundbreaker" Award alongside Nancy Wilson of Heart, Amy Lee of Evanescence, the Go Go's and more. Fans can watch the show virtually via WiMN YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8p-mMBXoZttNyGoyJlxY9Q

The album, Blvds of Splendor features guest collaborations with Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Slash and Duff from Guns N’ Roses, as well as Juliette Lewis, Brody Dalle, The Veronicas and drummer Matt Sorum. The special digital only release features three bonus tracks (including a remake of The Runaways classic “Queens of Noise” featuring Brody Dalle, The Veronicas, Juliette Lewis and Matt Sorum paying homage to late Runaways drummer Sandy West).   Blvds of Splendor garnered Cherie the best reviews of her career including a Top 10 Albums of 2020 nod from Classic Rock Magazine stating "Exploding out of the traps with the all-Gunners-blazing Mr X, Blvds clearly means business and compounds the muscular groove with Roxy Roller (where You Drive Me Wild riffing meets Suzi Q dynamics). Billy Corgan makes his mark with a Pumpkins-esque title track (all emphatic strings, pinging guitar harmonics, scrubbing acoustics and co-sung choruses). Force To Be Reckoned With swaggers with loose-ass Stooges hand claps and delinquent ‘na-na-na’s, while Rock & Roll Oblivion cranks up the drama to compelling effect, leaving the listener baffled as to why Cherie Currie hasn’t been making records like this for the last 40 years."

 

Listen to the album here. https://sites.google.com/blackheart.com/cherie

View Roxy Roller "At Home" video

View Billy Corgan & Cherie in studio 

View the Queens of Noise Recording Session

View Behind The Scenes

View Mr. X with Slash & Duff McKagan


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CHERIE CURRIE (The Runaways) & DAVE SCHULZ
(Goo Goo Dolls) JOIN TOGETHER

ON THE CLASSIC “WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE”

 

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

American Songwriter Magazine Interview HERE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 1, 2020 - Former Runaways vocalist Cherie Currie has released one of her all-time favorite songs with “What The World Needs Now Is Love.”

You can watch the video HERE featuring Cherie and an all-star band all filmed separately in quarantine. Pre-save the single HERE & HERE which will be released Friday, October 2.

This timeless classic written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David and originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon exudes the hopeful message of spreading love into the world with its signature lyric: “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. No not just for some but for everyone.” A message that couldn’t ring more true in these current times.

Cherie says – “Driving back from my sister Marie’s house in Henderson NV over July 4th weekend I was listening to the Forrest Gump soundtrack Marie had gifted me. When “What the World Needs Now Is Love” came on I put it on repeat to sing along. I was struck with how prevalent this song is, especially today. Right at that moment Dave Schulz called me and I shared my thoughts on the song. “Let’s do it!” and Dave set off on making this possible. His talent as a producer and player are so obvious as to why he has had the successful career he has. Dave Schulz brought in wonderful players! Even the violinist who worked with Burt Bacharach. The final key was reaching out to my long time friend, vocalist Julie Ragins to complete the chill factor on the end of the song. My dear friend and publicist Ken Phillips was onboard from the start stating this was a timeless song in a time where what we REALLY need is love. Love created this. From our hearts to the world. Love really is the answer!”

The track was produced by keyboardist /vocalist Dave Schulz (Goo Goo Dolls, Berlin, The Sweet, Wang Chung), who selected a few of his supremely talented A-list musician friends for the occasion.

During the lockdown, I have been producing an entertaining and quirky series of "quarantine style" songs/videos for my youtube channel and had randomly said to Cherie "Let’s do a duet!"  She immediately got excited because she happened to be driving along at that exact moment ...and had heard "What The World Needs Now Is Love" (Jackie DeShannon's version of the Burt Bacharach classic) in her car and thought what a great message that would be for our times. Of course I was ecstatic at the idea. I'm a HUGE Burt Bacharach fan and couldn’t agree with her more. I immediately enlisted a few of my favorite session musicians / friends. It truly was a blast to create and I think it’s great for Cherie, especially, since it’s not something her fans will expect from her. We're so excited about it...we may even do an entire album like this! – says Dave

Bass - Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, John Lennon)

Drums - Randy Cooke (Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart, Five For Fighting, Colbie Caillat)

Strings - Eliza James (Burt Bacharach, Paul Anka)

Backing Vocals - Sharlotte Gibson (Nine Inch Nails, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey) and

Julie Ragins (Moody Blues, Queen Latifah) with strings recorded by Matthew King Ross (David Foster, Barbara Streisand). Audio mixed & video edited by Sammy Burke 

Lyrics


What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don't need another mountain,
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross,
Enough to last till the end of time.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don't need another meadow
There are cornfields and wheat fields enough to grow
There are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine
Oh listen, lord, if you want to know.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.

No, not just for some, oh, but just for everyone.

Songwriters: Burt F. Bacharach / Hal David / Burt Bacharach



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Chainsaw carving site HERE



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https://music.apple.com/us/album/connect/386905084



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CHERIE CURRIE BIO

Cherie Currie's extraordinary life reads like fiction. From a teenage rock star to becoming an accomplished Chainsaw Carving artist, Cherie has always taken the road less traveled. 

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Cherie Currie was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, where she spent her early teenage years living the Southern California lifestyle with skateboarding and surfing being her pastimes of choice. Cherie would regularly sneak out to Paradise Cove to catch the waves on her eight-foot, blue and yellow gun board. Cherie describes her life at this time as “about as Ozzie & Harriet as it comes.” However, soon the idyllic existence ended with the demise of her parent’s marriage.

After the divorce, Cherie’s mother, a former Republic Studios contract actor, remarried and moved to Indonesia, taking Cherie’s younger brother Don with her. Cherie and her twin sister Marie moved in with their Aunt Evie, their Grandmother, Onie and their father, Don.

Inspired by the music and image of David Bowie, Cherie found an escape and a raison d'être in rock & roll. The twins began frequenting the Sugar Shack, a club for teens in North Hollywood, which played all the hottest glam rock cuts coming out of the UK.  It was there, where she met producer and manager Kim Fowley and a young guitarist named Joan Jett, who also frequented the club. They were searching for a lead singer for the all-female rock band they were forming, which then consisted of Joan Jett on guitar and Sandy West on drums, and was called The Runaways.

“Kim walked up to me and asked if I had heard of The Runaways and I had,” she recalls. “Joan was there, and I was kind of star-struck, and Kim goes, ‘We really like your look.’”

Cherie was asked to learn a Suzi Quatro song for her audition, but when she arrived to the audition with "Fever", a Peggy Lee original (which Quatro had covered), the band would not play the song.  Unable to agree on a suitable alternate song, Joan and Kim wrote an impromptu audition piece, the chorus and title being a play on words referring to Cherie’s name and "cherry blonde bombshell" good looks. "Cherry Bomb" became one of The Runaways signature songs, and still stands today as a universal anthem for teenage rebellion. For, instance, “Cherry Bomb” was included in the 2014 blockbuster movie “Guardians of The Galaxy” and also on the accompanying multi-platinum selling soundtrack album. The soundtrack album was nominated for a Grammy as well as being the #1 album on the Billboard Charts for two weeks. Cherie has received four certified platinum record awards for “Cherry Bomb” on the “Guardians of The Galaxy” soundtrack album.

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Cherie was just 15 when she became The Runaways lead singer. “I was thrust into fronting a band. I’d never really sang; I’d never been on a stage with a live band,” says Cherie. “It was like being in the center of a hurricane, everything was moving so fast.” Within a month of Cherie joining The Runaways, the band secured a deal with Mercury Records. Two weeks later they were in the studio recording their self-titled first album.

The Runaways faced opposition and criticism simply because they were unlike anything the world had seen before. They were a teenage all-girl band, which people hoped to dismiss, however, they delivered – technically and creatively – with maturity well beyond their years. With the triple threat of talent, self assured sexuality, and style, The Runaways rocked as hard, if not harder, than the men in the male-dominated rock world. Their provocative image, which was augmented by the outrageous fishnets and corset Cherie wore for “Cherry Bomb,” would lay the groundwork for pop star fashion we still see today.

 The release of their debut album in 1976 was followed by a national tour across America. During this time, the girls headlined bills over legendary bands such as Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Tom Petty, and The Ramones. By the time their sophomore album, Queens of Noise (1977), was released, The Runaways’ legend had gone international.

 The band embarked on an international tour of Europe and then ultimately Japan, where Runaways mania had reached a fever pitch, as they were the fourth most popular international act there behind Led Zeppelin, ABBA, and Kiss.

Drained by their non-stop schedule, overworked, and underpaid, the already fractured and fragile group began to fall apart. A Live In Japan album was released as a coda to the tour. It was the last full-length release to feature the original Runaways lineup. Cherie left soon after the band’s return to the US.

Cherie soon followed up with the solo album Beauty’s Only Skin Deep in 1977 which was released internationally by Mercury. Having fulfilled her Mercury contract, she went on to record an album with her sister, Marie, on Capitol Records, entitled Messin’ With The Boys in 1980.  

During that same year, another of Cherie’s many talents took center stage. She was cast opposite Jodie Foster in Foxes, a coming-of-age movie, set in the San Fernando Valley, where she played Annie, a teenage runaway, dabbling with substance abuse to cope with the scars inflicted by an abusive father.

Cherie got excellent notices for her acting in Foxes, which led to more roles in film (Wavelength with Robert Carradine, Parasite with Demi Moore and, Twilight Zone: The Movie with Dan Aykroyd) and TV (Murder She Wrote and Matlock). 


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Cherie recounted the story of her incredible ups and downs, dealing with success, as well as with her struggles with addiction, in her 1989 autobiography, Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story.  Cherie was forced to leave much of the more salacious moments of her story out, as the book had been written specifically for the young adult market.

Cherie set out to tell the story of her incredible journey again, this time, leaving no detail censored. 

Cherie showed the new manuscript to Joan Jett’s longtime collaborator, producer and partner in Blackheart Records, Kenny Laguna. He had been a close friend for many years and offered to shop it for a book deal. In the process of doing so, he ended up securing a film deal, which is now The Runaways, which stars Dakota Fanning as Cherie and Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett. The Runaways film made it’s debut, March 19, 2010, and was produced by Linson Entertainment (Into the Wild, Heat, Great Expectations, Lords of Dogtown) and River Road (Brokeback Mountain, Into the Wild) and distributed by Apparition Entertainment.  Cherie says of her time on set with Dakota, "It’s kind of hard to explain, but it’s very surreal when you see someone like Dakota Fanning on set. She’s so gifted. I still to this day have a hard time believing how lucky I have been in this life to have one of my favorite actresses portraying me.”

One of the most enjoyable parts for Cherie was having the chance to get back in the studio with Joan to re-create The Runaways’ music for the film. “We really had a treat with this movie because we hadn’t been in a studio together since 1977,” she says.

“I didn’t realize how good that band was until the last ten years. We didn’t have a chance to breathe and look at what we were really doing and the impact, the foundation we were laying for countless girls and women we would open doors for. But everyone was pitting us against each other, keeping us on edge all the time. We never had a fighting chance.” In 2002, Cherie decided to pick up a chainsaw and has become an award winning artist, competing and winning in chainsaw championships and making it her career out of the spotlight.

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Cherie also got her wish, with an updated version of her book which she named, Neon Angel-A Memoir of a Runaway. The book is a #1 Amazon Best Seller and was published by IT Books/ HarperCollins Publishers and hit stores March 16, 2010 to coincide with the release of the film. The Runaways, the film, is based on Cherie's, Neon Angel-A Memoir of a Runaway (It Books/HarperCollins).

In late 2014, Kim Fowley contacted Cherie to see if she would be interested in making an album. Fowley had been battling cancer for many years and the two 'buried the hatchet' of her teenaged past and was thrilled at the prospect to come full circle and work with Kim again. Within weeks they were writing songs, but this time she had brought her son, Jake Hays, an accomplished musician in his own right who had toured with his mom and had just signed a record deal for his own band Maudlin Strangers. Within five days they were in the studio with Kim Fowley at the helm, but by day four Kim was too ill to continue and passed the task of completing the album Reverie onto Jake Hays.

As Jake and Cherie worked to finish the album, Cherie also brought Kim into her home and cared for him, but sadly, Kim died a month before the album was finished.

"My most cherished memories are the days when Kim were here at my home." Currie said. "I just wish he could have heard the finished product. I know he would be proud".

In 2017 Cherie met Fanny drummer and singer, Brie Darling and immediately connected. Currie had come in to contribute vocals to Fanny Walked the Earth, a reunion album from the trailblazing Fanny, the first all-female band signed to a major label (Reprise) in 1969. Though the two musicians were certainly admirers of each other, they had not yet met until that session. Once connected, the idea to continue collaborating was hatched and soon the idea to record an album was solidified.

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In 2019, their debut album, The Motivator, produced by the six-time Grammy nominated Dave Darling (Brian Setzer, Stray Cats, Janiva Magness, Tom Waits) featured nine classic covers by bands including T. Rex, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, and John Lennon, plus three powerful new originals, “Too Bruised,” “I’m Too Good, That’s Just Too Bad” and the topical “This Is Our Time” was released on Blue Élan Records. The Motivator debuted on the Billboard Charts at #18 for Heatseekers Albums and #48 for Independent Albums.

While music has remained the constant thread of Cherie’s career, the certified platinum recording artist has eight studio albums under her belt thus far. Her latest critically acclaimed release Blvds of Splendor, produced by Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) is out on Blackheart Records and has been a constant Top 10 Best Seller on Amazon. Her powerful and unmistakable vocals cut through every song, from title track, Blvds Of Splendor, an atmospheric yet commanding track written by and featuring Billy Corgan, to “Mr. X,” a guitar-driven, rock 'n' roll monster number with Slash on guitar, Sorum on drums and Duff McKagan on bass. Other collaborators include Brody Dalle (Distillers), Juliette Lewis and The Veronicas all chiming in on a perfect remake of The Runaways classic “Queens of Noise.” “I've never had so much fun making a record before,' Cherie reflects, 'We all looked at each other and went, 'Oh my God, there's magic happening here. This is the record I wanted to make when I left The Runaways.” While touching on her retro appeal, Blvds of Splendor ultimately marks the strong foothold Cherie has cultivated in modern mass appeal.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEON ANGEL
A Memoir of a Runaway
By Cherie Currie with Tony O’Neill

“Neon Angel is a chronicle of a AMAZING journey—the story of a remarkable woman, who has an uncanny knack of reinventing herself—from singer, to actor, to drug counselor, to physical trainer, to mom, to author, to painter, to chainsaw carver . . . While excelling at every turn, Cherie has also exhibited an ironic flair for finding herself in dramatic situations.” — Joan Jett

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Cherie Currie was only fifteen when she became the lead singer of The Runaways, the now legendary teenage punk band that would quickly become the first all-girl rock group with platinum album sales. Thrust into the international limelight, Currie was soon living the highs and lows that characterize the glamorous and decadent rock star lifestyle. In her nakedly candid memoir, NEON ANGEL: A Memoir of a Runaway (It Books/An Imprint of HarperCollins; Hardcover; On sale: March 16, 2010; $24.99), the iconic singer who band mate Joan Jett has called “a little tough, a lot nasty” chronicles the band’s meteoric rise, its sudden fame and premature crash, and her own subsequent struggle to reclaim her life.

NEON ANGEL is both a story of girl empowerment and a darker tale of the price of early fame. Currie was just a teenager from Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley when she was discovered by Joan Jett and Kim Fowley and won the coveted gig as lead singer for their band, The Runaways. At her audition, Jett and Fowley dashed off a song for her to sing, and “Cherry Bomb”—a coy play on Currie’s first name—became a worldwide hit of teen rebellion. In no time, the band rose from playing in LA clubs to selling out stadiums on their first US tour. Currie electrified audiences singing hits like “California Paradise,” “Cherry Bomb,” “Thunder,” “Secrets,” and her unique stage persona and fashion style—exemplified by her signature Bowie-inspired haircut and fishnet stockings—has influenced many of the artists who came after, from Madonna to Lady Gaga.

Currie’s story exposes the side of the music industry that fans rarely get to see. Riding high, Currie and her band mates—Jett, Lita Ford on guitar, and Sandy West on drums—encountered predatory men who were not necessarily looking out for their best interests. On the road, unsupervised for months at a time, she grew up fast and experienced things that no teenage girl should—drugs, rape, violence. At an incredibly young age, Currie found herself on the edge of a complete drug-and-alcohol breakdown. The Runaways would ultimately fall apart, and Currie would lose almost everything during her descent into drug abuse. But her amazing resilience got her back on the long, hard road to recovery—an ongoing journey of three decades.

 

 

 

 

 

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While a memoir of survival, NEON ANGEL is also a celebration of a singular time in rock culture. Currie supplies a vivid portrait filled with untold anecdotes from an amazing time in punk rock. The Runaways headlined shows with such opening acts as the Ramones, Van Halen, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Cheap Trick, and Blondie. They played at the legendary CBGBs, and took part in the London punk scene, hanging out with The Sex Pistols.

Currie’s story has come full-circle. With the help of multi-platinum hit songwriter and producer Kenny Laguna, NEON ANGEL has been made into the feature film, The Runaways—starring Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds, New Moon, The Secret Lives of Bees) as Currie, and Kristen Stewart (Twilight, New Moon, Into The Wild, Panic Room) playing Joan Jett. The Runaways also stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) as manager Kim Fowley, and Oscar winner Tatum O'Neal as Cherie’s mother.

The Runaways movie is schedule to hit theaters nationwide March 19, 2010.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cherie Currie rocketed to rock and roll stardom when she joined The Runaways at the young age of 15. She has been described as “the lost daughter of Iggy Pop and Brigitte Bardot.” Shortly after the band's demise, the rock star landed a coveted role in the Jodi Foster movie Foxes, and later went on to appear in the films Wavelength with Robert Carradine, Parasite with Demi Moore, and Twilight Zone: The Movie, with Dan Aykroyd.

Currie is still performing, writing, and acting, and she continues to take on unorthodox endeavors. One of the most prominent chainsaw carvers in the world, Cherie placed in two major competitions in 2005.

Visit: www.CherieCurrie.com and www.TheRunaways.com

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NEON ANGEL: A Memoir of a Runaway
By Cherie Currie with Tony O’Neill

It Books/An Imprint of HarperCollins
Hardcover; On sale: March 16, 2010
ISBN: 9780061961359
Price: $24.99/398pp

 

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