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Apologies to Cherie Currie

March 07, 2010 By: Category: Site Notices

A few days ago, I wrote a comment regarding the book Neon Angel by Cherie Currie that was ghostwritten by our friend Tony O’ Neill. In my comments, I said, “For those of you who are unfamiliar with literary terms, that means that Tony basically wrote the whole thing.”

Yesterday, I got an email from the legendary Runaways leader herself, telling me that I was totally wrong and that she worked her ass off on it and that I am basically a complete dick, although she said it in a much nicer way than that. Not only that, but Neon Angel was actually originally released in 1989, and the version coming out this year is just a revised version.

And she’s totally right: it was a dick thing to say. I know nothing about Tony and Cherie’s process, and it sounds like she really did work hard on it. Clearly, if it had already been released, it is not 100% Tony’s handiwork. Also, please note that Tony himself had nothing to do with my comments … he’s a great guy who doesn’t have a bad word to say about anyone, and as far as I know, he found the book to be a positive collaborative experience.

It’s easy to make stupid comments on one’s blog and assume that no one will ever see them, but I realize that it’s not right to make fun of someone’s hard work without knowing the facts behind the matter. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Currie for my unnecessarily rude statements. For the record, I love Cherie Currie’s work, I love Tony O’ Neill, and any collaboration between the two is bound to be an amazing read. You can buy Neon Angel right here. And check out Cherie’s bio website and her artwork for more information about her many talents.

3 Comments to “Apologies to Cherie Currie”

  1. Cherie Currie says:

    Thank you Jeffery. I think you’ll see that this book is very different from the first. It comes from a different place, that of a 50 year old woman who has no fear anymore to call it straight and more then likely, for the last time.
    You are a far bigger man then you portray yourself here. Your mom should be proud.


  2. Cherie Currie says:

    p.s. Tony is pretty wonderful…

  3. No problem, Cherie … sorry for any annoyance it may have caused. My mom will definitely be proud when she finds out I got involved in my first celebrity controversy. Well, other than that time I got in a bar fight with the pig that played Babe. But I will never apologize for that one … that little bastard had it coming.


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