Steeped in sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, Lick Me takes the reader on a juicy journey through the life and times of the infamous Cherry Vanilla. A wunderkind on Madison Avenue in the swinging sixties, Cherry soon found fame as a DJ in clubs in Manhattan and on the French Riviera. She starred in Andy Warhol’s play Pork in London while gaining notoriety as a groupie, sleeping with musicians ranging from Leon Russell to Kris Kristofferson. Working as David Bowie’s PR lady (and occasional lover), she played a major part in introducing him to the U.S. market. She was on the front lines when punk broke, one of the few successful women in the genre; her backing band was the Police, and she released two insouciant albums on RCA.
Cherry’s memoir takes us on a journey from the birth of rock to the explosion of punk, exploring every aspect of the music industry during its most electrifying era, with memorable detours through the sexual revolution, the women’s liberation movement, and the theater of the ridiculous. But Cherry’s life wasn’t all excitement and high times. From unwanted pregnancies to poverty and public ridicule, Lick Me also takes us through Cherry’s own problems, including sex addiction and OCD, and reveals how she dealt with them. Lick Me reveals the thrilling life of a woman who pulled herself up from humble beginnings and fearlessly lived her dreams.
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Even better when read by Cherry
I loved this when it was a book, but when I heard Cherry was reading it herself, I really needed to "read" it this way too. She's always had a very clear, pleasant and recognizable voice, and this is just the kind of book you want to experience straight from the horses mouth. There's nothing like the sound of a voice from a mouth that tries to hold back the smile of a guilty pleasure.
Cherry has found just the right amount of self humor to be able to entertain with this wild story of her life, that touched (both literally and figuratively) the lives of many others, both famous and unknown. It's a delight to hear her memories of a different time, and follow her story with its ups and downs that she recounts so candidly. Lick Me is a treasure. Not just juicy, but funny, heartwarming and thoroughly entertaining.
- David Longhorn
Raw and honest.
It's her story, so far be it for me to change anything. She is who she is. Unlike Bebe Buell, whose book I found pretentious and insufferable, the intrepid Ms Vanilla is almost painfully honest about who she is, how she was perceived,and her debauchery. She does not pretend to be more than she was, yet fearlessly was who she was. Cherry Vanilla takes you along on her journey--no self-aggrandizing pontifications. She has no qualms about being a skank, and becomes an admirable skank in the process--she beats to her own drummer, and--on several occasions--beat out quite a tune. That said, this could have benefited from a bit of an edit. There was some redundancy--same story, different people--but that was how she lived it. I give her kudos. A real "bad girl" who makes no apologies---and has not added a gilded overlay of illusion over her story.
A bit torn. I feel a bit sorry for her, but also want to give her a huge high five for being herself--and telling it like it is. No filter, and that's rare.
Nope. Go, Ms Vanilla!