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Rebel Heart: An American Rock 'n' Roll Journey
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Warm, wise, outrageously funny--and simply outrageous--Rebel Heart is Bebe Buell's no-holds-barred account of her life at the center of the rock scene in the '70s and 80's, when rock stars were royalty.
A supermodel before the term was coined, Bebe worked with the best of them (Scavullo, Avedon), met everyone (from Warhol to Dali), and captivated a generation of rock's greatest talents. Her relationships ranged from wunderkind Todd Rundgren to Aerosmith's Steven Tyler (father of her daughter Liv), from Mick Jagger to wordsmith Elvis Costello. Not to mention the fun she had with everyone from Rod Stewart to Ron Wood, Jimmy Page to Jack Nicholson.
In Rebel Heart, Bebe drops readers back into the heyday of the scene and reveals the true details of a vanished world that continues to fascinate today. Her spirit informed some of the greatest songs of her time and the life she lived was, above all, fun. Illustrated throughout with over a hundred photographs--many of them rare snaps from Bebe's personal collection--REBEL HEART will deepen even the most ardent fan's understanding of rock 'n' roll.
"Buell's garrulous account/defense of her rock'n'roll lifestyle...lacks a sense of humor; looking back on that much excess has to be somewhat funny. Charges of pretentiousness are beside the point, though. One must judge a memoir of this type by its juiciness, and this rates an eight." Library Journal
"With veteran rock coauthor Bockris' help, her writing is conversational and up front, conveying her colorful personality well and making for an energetic memoir." Booklist
Buell's account of her life at the center of the rock world in the '70s and '80s plunges readers back into a time when rock stars were royalty and when the culture of celebrity for celebrity's sake was just taking off. 100 photos.
Rebel Heart is Bebe Buell's no-holds-barred account of her life at the center of the rock scene in the '70s and '80s, when rock stars were royalty. A wild child model who took New York by storm, Buell captivated a generation of rock's greatest talents. Her relationships with musicians like wunderkind Todd Rundgren, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler--father of her daughter Liv-Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page and Elvis Costello played out against a backdrop of some of the most legendary locales of the era: Max's Kansas City and CBGBs in New York, the "Riot House" in Los Angeles and Tramps in London.
Bebe's spirit informed some of the greatest songs of her time, and her book is bursting with the stories she was a part of, the fun she had, and the music she helped make.
About the Author
Bebe Buell performs with her band across the country; she lives in New York City and in Maine. This is her first book.
Victor Bockris is the author of Uptight: The Story of the Velvet Underground and What's Welsh for Zen: The Autobiography of John Cale. He lives in New York City.
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