Number of page: 272
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2016
Category: Biography & Autobiography
“Heavy metal’s leading female rocker (Rolling Stone) bares all, opening up about the Runaways, the glory days of the punk and hard-rock scenes, and the highs and lows of her trailblazing careerWielding her signature black guitar, Lita Ford shredded stereotypes of female musicians throughout the 1970s and ‘80s. Then followed more than a decade of silence and darkness—until rock and roll repaid the debt it owed this pioneer, helped Lita reclaim her soul, and restored the Queen of Metal to her throne.In 1975, Lita Ford left home at age sixteen to join the world’s first major all-female rock group, the Runaways—a “pioneering band” (New York Times) that became the subject of a Hollywood movie starring Kristen Stewart ad Dakota Fanning. Lita went on to become “heavy rock’s first female guitar hero” (Washington Post), a platinum-selling solo star who shared the bill with the Ramones, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Poison, and others and who gave Ozzy Osbourne his first Top 10 hit. She was a bare-ass, leather-clad babe whose hair was bigger and whose guitar licks were hotter than any of the guys’.Hailed by Elle as “one of the greatest female electric guitar players to ever pick up the instrument,” Lita spurred the meteoric rise of Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, and the rest of the Runaways. Her phenomenal talent on the fret board also carried her to tremendous individual success after the group’s 1979 disbandment, when she established herself as a “legendary metal icon” (Guitar World) and a fixture of the 1980s music scene who held her own after hours with Nikki Sixx, Jon Bon Jovi, Eddie Van Halen, Tommy Lee, Motorhead’s Lemmy, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi (to whom she was engaged), and others.Featuring a foreword by Dee Snider, Living Like a Runaway also provides never-before-told details of Lita’s dramatic personal story. For Lita, life as a woman in the male-dominated rock scene was never easy, a constant battle with the music establishment. But then, at a low point in her career, came a tumultuous marriage that left her feeling trapped, isolated from the rock-and-roll scene for more than a decade, and—most tragically—alienated from her two sons. And yet, after a dramatic and emotional personal odyssey, Lita picked up her guitar and stormed back to the stage. As Guitar Player hailed in 2014 when they inducted her into their hall of fame of guitar greats: “She is as badass as ever.”Fearless, revealing, and compulsively readable, Lita Ford’s Living Like a Runaway is the long-awaited memoir from one of rock’s greatest pioneers—and fiercest survivors.
- Lynn Michele Derksen
Living like A Runaway Loved this book.Lita Ford Rocks!
- Harley Q
Changed my mind. Starting this book , Lita was my least favorite member of , ” The Runaways ” , but after reading this , this is a really good glimpse into what she’s went thru , and I have to say that she’s earned my respect as a musician.
- christopher west
Brilliant Lovely read, next to cherie currie, lita was my favourite runaway, found out a lot more than i knew about her, here’s to the next 20 yrs.
- Scott Rasmussen
What a roller coaster ride. From her early days with the Runaways to the beginning of her solo career, through 2 marriages. Lita takes us on one hell of a ride.
- John crocker
What a Ride.. Thanks Lita for letting us into your life. This Book is everything you said it would be.! I can read how u are like your mother very caring person. I pray for you and hope you find true peace with your children, cause at the end of the day it’s all about them.You have an awesome and wild spirit. Good luck to you. And you are Definitely the Queen of Metal and no one can take that from you Ever!!Always a true Fan from Michigan.. Keep on Rock’n MA MA..Great album and Book..Love you Lita
- Jacqueline damons
living like a runaway was a good memoir
- Robert Obenhofer
I’m excited Lita Ford decided to write this book, because I’ve heard her songs on the radio and on my streaming music player. The land of excitement is just down my alley and I’m going to pick up this book as soon as it becomes available. I’m going to pick up this book because i’m a curious individual who likes to learn about how people have accomplished their dreams. Lita Ford will do a great job telling about her journeys through the music industry and life. I”m sure because her music is like her life and passion drives the best of us. Without loving what one does it’s hard to accomplish anything and listening to her song right now it’s so obvious she knows what she likes. ‘I know what you like’ – Lita Ford
- Abigail Garcia
Living Like a Runaway: A Memior The heavy metal goddess Lita Ford will tell of her own experiences of her path that led to her dream. No doubt, nobody would want to read this memior. Who wouldn’t???
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