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Photos of Cherie Currie performing as the lead singer of The Runaways by Chris Walter, 1976.

I love this snippet from Currie's memoir, Neon Angel:

"Babysitting is what we told our mom whenever we were doing something that we knew she wouldn't approve of. Babysitting was code for going to the nightclubs where we dressed outrageously and danced all night. Babysitting was code for smoking pot and drinking Mickey's Big Mouth beer with the neighborhood kids. On this particular night, babysitting was code for a rock concert. The lie fell easily off my tongue as we pulled open the door and the murky San Fernando Valley air hit our faces, sweet with the scent of juniper and the promise of freedom. I was fifteen years old, and it felt like lying had become almost second nature recently. That sickly feeling I used to get with every half-truth or outright lie was now so mild, it was almost unnoticeable. Anyway, tonight I had bigger things on my mind than the white lies I told my mother to keep her blissfully unaware. Tonight was a special night: it had been marked in my calendar for months. Tonight was my first-ever David Bowie concert, and nothing on this earth was going to stop me from getting there."

8 comments:

The Neon Angels said...

Such a GREAT book! Took it on a recent trip to Japan and couldn't put it down. Cherie was definitely ahead of her time. Cute blog too, we have similar styles.

Liska Cole said...

very cool! gotta read it!

Lexie, Little Boat said...

really fell in love with her in the runaways movie with dakota fanning. such a fiery woman!

Jane said...

Great post! I just found the ticket stub from my first Bowie concert. Im going to add this to my reading list

Anonymous said...

I love "babysitting" too!

julia wheeler said...

so bad ass. LOVE them.

MeghanSara said...

Can I just say, thank you for this blog? Thank you for showing to the world that "style" doesn't have to mean Antro dresses, side-swept bangs and ballet flats with bows. The Runaways are my fashion IDOLS. Thanks for your blog. Wish there was more of this in the "personal style" blogoshpere.

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