CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS SYNOPSIS OF LICK ME
From the glamour of New York’s Copacabana in the fifties to the excitement of London’s punk-rock scene in the seventies, whether backstage or in the spotlight, Cherry Vanilla was there. And though she confesses to being “stoned out” for much of her life, she managed to capture -- in her memory and in her diaries – many multihued moments both saucy and bittersweet.
But however revealing or scandalous her stories, she tells them with candor and with the innocence of a child. A David Bowie love scene is peppered with unexpected humor. A heavy S&M encounter is served-up with the wonder of a birthday surprise.
Music is the glue that held Vanilla’s life together and took her on this joyous, juicy journey from groupie to superstar to RCA recording artist. And in Lick Me, she lays it out before you with the uncomplicated authenticity of a rock and roll song – the kind that takes you instantly to another time and place, the kind that you can’t get out of your head once you hear it.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT LICK ME
"Reading Lick Me is much like hanging out with Cherry: a refreshing dose of honesty and humor. Considering this book is about sex, drugs, and rock and roll, Cherry has an amazing ability to remember it all."
- Tim Burton, artist/filmmaker
"A swinging romp with one swinging gal! This juicy page-turner will have rock gossip tongues wagging their tales!"
- Kate Pierson of The B-52's
"Pop art and glamour . . . an exciting and multiflavored story of the journey of a true icon! Cherry is rock and roll royalty."
- Countess Luann de Lesseps of The Real Housewives of New York City
"With matter-of-fact nonchalance the delightful Ms Vanilla tells an unrepentant tale of a joyously madcap life among rock royalty and the artistic elite. From a starstruck kid in the fifties to groupie goddess to high punk priestess, she smooches and tells with such good-natured grace and aplomb, you're given an all-access backstage pass to your wildest dreams."
- Pamela Des Barres, author of I'm With the Band
"I love this book. The writing is beautiful, sad, sweet, fun, and honest. Some people tell stories. Some live them. Every once in a rare while someone who lived an exceptional one takes the time to tell theirs."
- Dito Montiel, author/filmmaker
"You lucky bitch! Your New York was definitely not my New York!"
- Rufus Wainwright, musician/composer