Lick Me

Lick Me

How I Became Cherry Vanilla : (by Way of the Copacabana, Madison Avenue, the Fillmore East, Andy Warhol, David Bowie and the Police)

Book - 2010
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Steeped in sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, Lick Me takes the reader on a juicy journey through the life and times of the infamous Cherry Vanilla. A wunderkind on Madison Avenue in the swinging sixties, Cherry soon found fame as a DJ in clubs in Manhattan and on the French Riviera. She starred in Andy Warhol's play Pork in London while gaining notoriety as a groupie, sleeping with musicians ranging from Leon Russell to Kris Kristofferson. Working as David Bowie's PR lady (and occasional lover), she played a major part in introducing him to the U.S. market. She was on the front lines when punk broke, one of the few successful women in the genre; her backing band was the Police, and she released two insouciant albums on RCA.


Cherry's memoir takes us on a journey from the birth of rock to the explosion of punk, exploring every aspect of the music industry during its most electrifying era, with memorable detours through the sexual revolution, the women's liberation movement, and the theater of the ridiculous. But Cherry's life wasn't all excitement and high times. From unwanted pregnancies to poverty and public ridicule, Lick Me also takes us through Cherry's own problems, including sex addiction and OCD, and reveals how she dealt with them. Lick Me reveals the thrilling life of a woman who pulled herself up from humble beginnings and fearlessly lived her dreams.

Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, c2010
ISBN: 9781556529436
Branch Call Number: 921 CHE
Characteristics: x, 278 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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Jul 13, 2016

In her youthful heyday - Was Cherry Vanilla (aka. Kathleen Dorritie) simply a victim of circumstance? - or - Was she just a natural-born flake?...... For the answer to such questions as these - I suggest you read "Lick Me" for yourself and then you can be the judge and jury.

But, believe me - When it came to the likes of sex, drugs & rock'n'roll (in the years between 1967-1977) you can be sure that super-groupie, Cherry Vanilla, was, indeed, doing it all, to the absolute point of near-overload.

In "Lick Me" Cherry gleefully tells the reader all about the ins & outs (get the pun?) of being a super-slut who regularly hob-nobbed with big-name rock'n'roll celebrities, both in America and Britain.

All-in-all - I found "Lick Me" to be a fairly entertaining read that, literally, left nothing to the imagination.

Jun 19, 2016

If you like reading autobiographies that fit perfectly into the "It-Pays-To-Be-A-Whore" category, then, believe me, Cherry Vanilla's two-cent rantings & ravings here in "Lick Me" should keep you thoroughly entertained from start to finish.

Forever high and horny, Cherry Vanilla (aka. Kathleen Dorritie) boastfully retells all of the sordid details relating to the good, old days of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll as they took place (chronologically) in her hectic life.

In her "own sick, little way" (Kathleen quote) - Cherry focuses her carnal attention in on the world of rock during the period between the mid-1960's to the late-1970's. It was at the half-way point in her career (as being a groupie) that Cherry triumphantly landed the role of being David Bowie's PR agent through Mainman Productions.

Anyway - For all of its endless sleaziness (and whatever), you, like me, may just find "Lick Me" to be well-worth a read, in the long run.

Jun 12, 2016

Yep. If you are someone who is at all interested in finding out how acid-head, super-groupie, Kathleen Dorritie (aka. Cherry Vanilla), literally, "fukked-her-way-to-the-top", then let Kathleen (in her own raunchy, slutty, cheeky way) shamelessly declare it all to you here in "Lick Me".

To be sure - This often-laughable autobiography is, undoubtedly, trashy storytelling of the highest order - But, if there ever was a book that totally epitomized the term "Sex, Drugs & Rock'n'Roll" to a "T", then "Lick Me" is certainly one "real-life" personal drama that is sure to whet more than just your whistle. (nudge. nudge. wink. wink.)

Yes. "Lick Me" gives the insatiable reader an insider's look at a truly decadent era in rock'n'roll history (1965-1975), when it all came down to who you screwed that produced the most desirable results for any stoned-out groupie (like name-dropper, Cherry Vanilla) who was frantically clamouring for a rightful claim to their allotted "15-minutes-of-fame".

(*Be sure to watch the video of z-grade performer, Cherry Vanilla, singing "The Punk", live, back in 1977*)

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