Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lisa's Book Reviews

Neon Angel: A memoir of a Runaway (the Cherie Currie autobiography)
This was by far one of the best and most entertaining autobiographies I have read. I really enjoyed how Cherie portrayed her recollections of experiences and memories through vivid and detailed descriptions of the senses. The frequent use of dialogue was compelling. Whether or not one is a Runaways/Cherie Currie/Joan Jett fan, readers will certainly enjoy being taken back to their teenage years, as Cherie reminisces about her moments as a young dreamer and rock 'n' roll, David Bowie-obsessed teenager. "I'm your ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-CHERRY BOMB!"
Back to the Garden: The story of Woodstock (by Pete Forntatale)
"On the fortieth anniversary of Woodstock, renowned New York City disc jockey Pete Fornatale brings the iconic rock concert to vivid life through original interviews with Roger Daltrey, Joan Baez, David Crosby, Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, and dozens of headliners, organizers, and fans." I am only about a fourth of the way into the book, but I've been loving it. I enjoy reading the various tales and recollections about peoples' experiences related to the Woodstock festival. Most interesting are the emotions revealed by the musicians and the eerie, unified natural power that overcame them during their performances. These are truly tales of peace and love and an almost supernatural chance of bringing people together.

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