Pleasure and Pain: My Life

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Hachette Australia, 2009 - Multiple sclerosis - 372 pages
Chrissy Amphlett is a legend in the world of Australian music - and now she tells her own story. From growing up in Geelong in Victoria to being the lead singer in the iconic band The Divinyls, to living in New York and mixing with the likes of Keith Richard and Mick Jagger, she led an amazing life. In this book she tells of life on and off the road - and gives a unique account of a woman surviving in a male-dominated and money/testosterone/alcohol/drug-fuelled industry. She talks of the early days when she was breaking into the music scene; of being arrested for busking when a teenager travelling in Spain; of how her angry and provocative stage act drew on her childhood and background - she wanted to shock and, above all, be in control. And she tells of what it was like to be at the top, in those years of success and excess, both in Australia and in the United States. Chrissy always lived life on her terms, no matter what those around her wanted. And this is her story, told her way.

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Many people will not be familiar with Chrissy Amphlett. And they should be. She was at the forefront of bringing in the second great wave of female singers after the deep lull between the early 70’s ... Read full review

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If you read this, you will end up thinking it is amazing any rock stars survive, and that if you found record company executives on fire, when you had a full bladder, you'd look for a toilet further ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Chrissy Amphlett was an Australian singer and frontwoman of the rock band Divinyls who had four top ten albums and immense international success with the song I Touch Myself . Chrissy died in 2013 after a long illness. Larry Writer is a freelance writer for the WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN magazine, the AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW, the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD and The AUSTRALIAN WOMEN S WEEKLY. Larry s Ned Kelly Award-winning book RAZOR is now a major TV series Underbelly Razor . His other books include FIRST BLOOD, THE AUSTRALIAN BOOK OF TRUE CRIME and GARDEN OF EVIL. .

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