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by lance perkins
Growing up in the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, Cherie Currie at an early any other songs, so on the spot they wrote “Cherry Bomb” for me to audition. The
age had a taste for the rock classics. “I was into what most people were into… song’s name was taken from her name Cherie and how Kim coined her, “a blond
David Bowie, Suzie Quattro, Alice Cooper, Elton John you know, they were the bombshell.” Currie continues, “Yes, It all happened very fast. I sat and waited about
main influence. And discos weren’t discos back then, it was clubs like Rodney a half an hour while they debated, and it was quite a relief when they decided to
Bingenheimer’s, English Disco and The Sugar Shack. It really wasn’t disco. It was give me a shot.” The band started playing local gigs and rehearsing and quickly
the glam rock.” At that time, Currie was attending Mulholland Junior High School got signed on by Denny Rosecrans from Mercury. “Before we knew it we were in
and had already heard of The Runaways. “Yeah I heard of them, there was a buzz… the studio. It all moved at the speed of sound and then we were on the road! It felt
this all girl band and Joan Jett, that they were something to look out for.” Cherie like I was in a dreamland… I still feel like I’m in a dreamland!” (laughs)
said. One night when Cherie was at the Sugar Shack, Kim Fowley and Joan Jett Cherie’s first book, Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story was published in 1989
just happened to be there. “They approached my twin sister Marie first. Marie and was intentionally edited for a younger audience. Currie explains, “I told the
thought Kim was a creep and he made his way over to me. When he introduced stories I couldn’t tell in the young adult book and it comes from an adult. I mean I
me to Joan, I had heard of her, so it was exciting and they asked if I wanted to was in my twenties when I wrote my first book with Neal Shusterman, who had a
audition for the band! I had just seen David Bowie’s Diamond Dog concert at the really magical way of writing to young people. In the new version of my book, we
Universal Amphitheater and it was in that audience that I just felt that was what I just took it up a few levels and I think it will be an interesting ride for anyone who
had wanted to do. I had found my calling. So it seemed like the planets were lining reads it. Joan endorses it and wrote the forward for the book, which was great.”
up in my favor that I would get the opportunity to audition for The Runaways. So I What kept her going through all the trials and tribulation of the band? Currie
said, “Sure! Why Not?” said, “It was my friendship with Joan that kept me there. Joan knew that this was
Just a few days later Currie did the audition. “They asked me to learn a Suzy what she had to do. I was unsure. I know that it was great, but there was so much
Quattro song and I picked “Fever.” It was ridiculous, but I did it. I didn’t really know conflict within the band. We were so young and just trying to find ourselves and
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