It’s a most common fact that an autobiography could become easily a boring one right from the first chapters. They say that everyone should give time to a book to grow on you and eventually win you over. Agreed. But frequently we have become bare witnesses of an author’s obsession to share with us even the tiniest detail about his childhood years. Luckily for all of us, Lita Ford avoided that most detrimental road thus the famous singer/songwriter/guitarist stuck to the essential childhood stories being fully aware of the fact that the vast majority of the readers bought the book for her career and her personal life around it (more or less).
“Living Like A Runaway” is an instant winner; one of the best autobiographies I’ve ever read due to its sheer simplicity and directness that carries the reader right into the heart of the whole Lita life-adventure! The fact that Lita has lived a most interesting life surely helps as she found herself going through good and bad times on almost a constant basis. From the sudden commercial success with The Runaways and the tough start with her solo career up to the peak of her popularity in the 80s, the dark years with her former husband, Jim Gillette, and the triumphant return, Lita has done it all and succeeded in a…man’s music world! Naturally the details about her sex life with many famous musicians, Tony Iommi’s burst of anger towards her, the failed marriage with Chris Holmes, her meeting with Ritchie Blackmore are only some of the many highlights of Lita’s book. The most enjoyable introduction was written by Dee Snider. Congrats, Lita…once again, you did it!