Cherie Currie on Runaways Reunion: "It Would Be So Great to Show People That It Mattered"

For the former lead singer of the Runaways, Cherie Currie, life has been an intense ride. While a portion of the Runaways' story has finally been told thanks to a 2010 biopic starring Dakota Fanning as Cherie and Kristen Stewart in the role of guitarist and foil Joan Jett, the truth of the Runaways is also one of tribulation, excess, rape, and exploitation that the film neglected to show. This pioneering group paid dearly for its success.

Currie, however, set the record straight with the subsequent release of her memoir, Neon Angel, a book that hides nothing while displaying the resilience that has become her hallmark. She left the Runaways in 1977 amid drug addiction, in-fighting, and exhaustion -- the full gamut of classic rock cliches.

Cherie recently returned to the stage and will be performing in West Palm Beach at the end of the month. We spoke with her about her chainsaw art and her album that's being held hostage.

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David Von Bader