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then were pitted against each other. It’s tough enough as an adult to be compared, man’s world and it was an uphill battle for all of us. How do you really, justly recreate
you know? It can make you really insecure, it can really tear you down and that’s that? So, it was a rollercoaster ride for me emotionally and Joan as well. You know,
what ended up happening. It just tore us all down.” Currie and other members it’s hard to know what to feel about it but every time I see the movie, I like it more
of the band got heavily involved with drugs. “Everyone was doing them in those and more. The performances are just off the map! So great! I’m really happy. Kristen
days. It was the norm. In 1984, it almost took me out and that’s when I turned my [Stewart] was amazing as Joan. I think she had the toughest job because Joan is
life around.” Currie did a complete turn around. She went on to serving as a youth such an icon. The public knows how Joan acts, they know how she sings and they
drug councilor. She even found an interest in art which led to her doing chainsaw know her mannerisms. Kristen really pulled it off. I couldn’t be more proud of her.”
carving art pieces professionally for over eight years now. Currie and Joan recorded many of The Runaways songs for the movie. “Joan and
The Runaways movie based on her book stars Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. I went into the studio for the first time in 35 years. Everything was just like time
Cherie elaborates, “I found out that Dakota was playing me through Sam Rubin has stood still. We recorded everything and our vocals together were just…we
on the Channel 5 News! It was no doubt, besides the birth of my son, the most were so thrilled! We cut “Queens of Noise” and “California Paradise,” “Don’t Abuse
exciting moment of my life! She’s really one of my favorite actors. I couldn’t believe Me” and “Cherry Bomb.” It was the most fun three days in the studio I’ve had in 35
it. That’s when the dream started. It was like, is this real? I’m just a huge fan of her years. That’s for sure.” Dakota also rehearsed the songs with Cherie. “We sang the
work. “ Currie continues to describe reading the script and the making of the film, songs back and forth so she could get my mannerisms. I sat in the vocal booth
“It was tough, it was tough for me and Joan. Because we are so close to it and of with her, she came to my home and I was on the set for support, but I also wanted
course they did take creative liberty that altered the true story a bit and that was to give her space. I’m so proud of her.”
hard. But what we went through was so incredible it would be unfair for me to The Runaways film, based on Cherie Currie’s autobiography, Neon Angel opens
expect them to recreate that, them not having lived it and not having been there. nationwide on March 19. A new version of her book, Neon Angel comes out in
We were doing something that no one had ever done before and we were in a print on March 17.
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