“It was a fluke! I happened to be at the right place at the right time” Cherie Currie talks about getting her gig as the lead singer in The Runaways. Now she´s a Chainsaw carver. Find out what led her there.
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BUY HER ART
Origins of The Runaways
Who made her want to be a performer
How she got her role in Foxes
Kim Fowley/Joan Jett
Her son Jake
The Runaways the Movie
Her gift to Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart
The Bear that stole her heart and made her cut her ties with her art
Letting go of there ever being a Runaways reunion
I´ve got a friend thats also from Iceland called Anna
It was a fluke I happened to be at the right place at the right time when I was 15 years old
They were scouting for a lead singer and bass player and they liked my look
I think I had an attitude they liked. I was into David Bowie
Fresh but hard ass look
They approached my twin sister Marie first. Marie thought Kim was creepy
She was badass, she did not like Kim Fowley right off the bat.
I had just been to my first David Bowie concert and had epiphany i wanted to be a stage performer
My sister wanted to have a taste of what it was like, but it wasn´t for her (on their album)
I did a talent show imitating David Bowie and I won that talent show (wrong in the movie)
None of these characters were actually him (David Bowie)
This man is one of the greatest performer that you would write novels about. No one will replace him
The entire first record was made in a couple of weeks
I didn´t think I would ever come home
I was doing a show in OC and an agent Dennis Brody happened to be at the show
He asked if I was interested in acting.
First things I auditioned for were Foxes and RocknRoll High school. Got both
I really wanted to work with Jody Foster. It was a great experience.
We were put to work pretty hard and pretty furious.
I was only with the band a few weeks before we signed with Mercury records
Once the pay to play started i think that started to ruin everything.
Kim Fowley called me saying “I heard that you would work with me again… come to my apartment”
Jake wrote the music for the song and Kim composed them. We wrote 4 songs.
Within 2 days Kim booked a studio. The last day he couldnt come. He was too ill.
I started again when the Runaways movies came out
I had a falling out with Blackhearts. I walked from them and wanted to go out and play
Jake is like a seasoned pro. He´s seen all the bad in this business and laughs it off
You have to listen to your voice inside
If it wasn´t for art I wouldnt have my book
I walked in as an artist and walked out an author
From sketching to painting to relief carving to chainsaw carving
That voice kept saying “you have to go back”
We have to let go
This year I had to let go of there ever being a Runaways reunion
I have no attachment to material things. You can´t take it with you
Stay the hell away from drugs and alcohol
Listen to that inner voice, don´t listen to anybody else
Follow your heart and follow your dreams