After waiting three years to have her album released, Cherie Currie has apparently decided to leave manager Kenny Laguna and go her own way. In a Facebook post (shared with me by a fan; Currie and I are not, er, “Friends”), she wrote:
“A letter to the fans (my friends) on FB.
There have been a lot of stories flying around, mostly negative about my album and why it isn’t out. I feel I owe you an explanation since you have patently waited as I have since it was recorded late 2010-2011. You see, I just wanted to get out there and play for you again. After 30 years, with the movie, my book, and then a successful show opening for Joan in 2010, the time was right for me to make a record, if I was ever going to again. I was ready to get back in the game but when you put your hopes, dreams, your career in someone else’s hands it’s a risk that can be disappointing and frustrating so I have sat on the sidelines waiting for a record that still isn’t mastered.
That has been very, very hard since all I wanted was embrace and perform the music I loved from my past, of course by The Runaways, the music you love to listen to with some new material. Had I known my record company would hold the record this long, I would have gone a different route but that’s water under the bridge now. It wasn’t supposed to be this complicated. It was supposed to be fun. I did what my management told me to do and that meant I wait. No playing, no nothing. I don’t think I’m unreasonable thinking three years is long enough.
This record may never come out. I’ve excepted that now. It’s a huge disappointment since it has some great songs that Matt Sorum, Nick Maybury, Grant Fitzpatrick, Jake Hays, Lanny Cardola, Billy Corgan, The Veronica’s, Brody Dale and many others worked hard on with Runaways fan in mind. I’m learning that even though you can’t make others do what you think is right and you feel discouraged it is our choice get off the sidelines and back in the game
Someone recently said to me:
“Rise from the discouragement. Shake off what didn’t work out. Quit mourning over what you’ve lost and get back in the game.
Even though it’s painful, it’s not the end.
Even though it’s unfair, it’s not over.
Wipe away the tears, wash your face, put on a new attitude and get back in the game.”
So, I’m going to do that. I’m going to record a single this summer and release it on Itunes. I’m going to play, play, play, like I wanted to from the beginning. I’m going to give the fans what they want and deserve without management and without a record company.
Lita Ford said to me the other day, “Sister, you’re not dead yet!”. And she’s right. It’s time to put faith in the only things I can count on. Myself and the fans. That’s really all that matters.”
This is happy-sad news. It’s terrible for an artist to have their work suppressed; I feel bad that after all she has been through, Currie is still struggling to be heard. Fortunately, in these new-media times, artists have alternatives to having their work controlled by others. Given the circumstances, my guess is that Cherie is making a smart move to self-publish. It should be most artists’ — musicians, writers, photographer, whatever — first choice these days. I will consider it with my next book.
That said, if you’re going to DIY, you either have to be a jill of all trades, or you have to have a manager who is. The former Runaways singer isn’t just leaving her label; she’s leaving her manager. My understanding of and experience with Cherie is she’s not an easy person to work with. But she’s determined, and she’s talented, and she has a right to have her music heard. Good luck to her.
I guess this blows any chances for a Runaways reunion (not that there really were any), since Laguna is also Joan Jett’s manager.
I love the Lita quote.