Living Like A Runaway by Lita Ford (3 out of 5)


Lita Ford is cool. Lita Ford is hot. Lita Ford can shred. These are all true. Lita Ford can also tell her life story and keep it under 300 pages. This is a small volume of a life’s work, and it’s a quick read. Lita has a lot to tell, but she keeps it classy, even while dealing with her acrimonious breakup with Jim Gillette, her second husband and father of her two kids. She refrains from using his name and even though there are moments where you sense she would like to let rip with a few profanities, she keeps it classy. I liked that a lot, especially when you see the fallout this poor woman has had to deal with in the aftermath of the divorce and ensuing custody battle. Your heart just breaks for her. The story of her childhood is a happy one, with two incredibly supportive parents (both of whom she lose to cancer) and her rise to fame is the result of a lot of hard work and determination, to make it in an industry that didn’t think women could kick ass and play guitar. The Runaways were one of the first bands to show the industry that this wasn’t the case- definitely clearing the way for others that followed. The group’s demise and her eventual rise to solo stardom is also well documented, along with a path of broken romances and hearts along the way (Nikki Sixx, Tony Iommi (motherfucker!), first husband Chris Holmes of WASP, and Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest among the notables). She tells her story, burns her few bridges, and along the way, manages to cement her reputation as a tough, yet super nice rock goddess. The woman has been through hell and back, including her self-imposed retirement from metal to raise a family, which has ended with her triumphant return to the stage and her loving fans. There’s good and bad in that story, and you only hope from her story that things take a turn for the better for her down the road, in regards to her family. This is a great memoir of the music industry in the late 70’s and early 80’s, along with the meteors that littered its skies, only to crash and burn. Thankfully, Lita wasn’t one of those. It’s not a juicy tell-all, but a  wonderful and often wistful trek down a sometimes rough road. We can only hope she’s rocking for years to come.


~ by generationgbooks on April 5, 2016.

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