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July 29, 2009
at 6:38 PM said:
Ms. James, your book was recommended to me veteran "close" fans of Led Zeppelin. In couple of months, I have read this book twice - Your journey is so real, so full of hope, regardless of fame/fortune, the idea of Oneness in humanity, is truly spiritual beyond words...Sorry, I am not to up-to-date on movie rights...Can you please update about your Movie?
July 9, 2009
at 9:20 PM said:
One of the very best bios i have ever read. i wish i could give you a big hug. right on.
July 9, 2009
at 12:12 PM said:
I was waiting for months to purchase this book, as I befriended Catherine through my Groovy Times and Pattie Boyd Myspace pages. I had no idea what a life this woman has lived so far and when I read excerpts, I couldn't contain myself! I got a hold of it and only put it down to take care of my cat and to watch the Memorial for Micheal. I remember glimpses of her modeling photo's, as I was coming up I always aspired to be a fashion model. But as you know I was told I was "too petite". I was into fashion, models and music since I was a child. so it seemd only fitting I'd want to read Catherine's book after I read Cynthia Lennon's "John" and Pattie Boyd's "Wonderful Tonight". For some reason I had forgotten the term "Dollyrocker" through the years but the resurgence and interest in the 60's and 70s era, it has fondly resurfaced and young girls once again are romantizing like we did as young ones.
Like watching a good movie, I couldn't stop thinking of what I read in this book. It has everything that would interest me, the old Hollywood hey-days and it's actors/performers, how the times were growing up with abusers getting away with every injustice under the sun, and even though we were still innocent, what we were forced to deal with then is so much different from nowadays. Music icons, mod England, it was wonderful reading every passage for me, as Catherine is only about 5 years my senior, I can only visualize her life in my head.
I can smell the incense and weed wafting, the colorful "threads",vintage delights, how it felt to be high and have free love. How it was to explore whatever you wanted to, being free to roam from place to place at a moments whim. I never got bored, it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I had asked her "when is the movie?" version coming out.
Catherine is candid and writes so many things like a young romantic girl thinks, I could relate to so many instances in her life, but enjoyed the other bits of her times with rock gods like Mick and Jimmy. There are twists and turns that are so riveting, I really didn't want it to end.
I wrote her a couple of emails telling her what I thought of it. And at the end I likened it to hearing Joni Mitchell's songs, but one in particular, as the book ended, the lyrics to "Hejira", it moved me so much that I literally cried tears at the end. This book is worth reading and savoring. Find a quiet corner, and once you start, you will not be able to put it down. The following is part of the lyrics to Joni's song Hejira;
".......Well I looked at the granite markers
Those tribute to finality - to eternity
And then I looked at myself here
Chicken scratching for my immortality
In the church they light the candles
And the wax rolls down like tears
There's the hope and the hopelessness
I've witnessed thirty years
We're only particles of change I know, I know
Orbiting around the sun
But how can I have that point of view
When I'm always bound and tied to someone
White flags of winter chimneys
Waving truce against the moon
In the mirrors of a modern bank
From the window of a hotel room
I'm traveling in some vehicle
I'm sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
Until love sucks me back that way...."
July 6, 2009
at 11:30 AM said:
Catherine, Just finished your book over the holiday weekend. It was moving, and inspirational. What a stong soul! You have given hope to this ever-struggling free spirit.
Debra Zenter aka "Chica Z"
July 2, 2009
at 11:00 AM said:
I just wrote you an email to let you know how this is fast becoming my favorite book! You're a nice lady and a strong one too. I wish you the best, always.
June 26, 2009
at 4:07 PM said:
I purchased your book last week and just finished reading it. It was excellent and I am proud of all you overcame in your life. Unfortunately, and unlike many readers of your book, I was not shocked by the abuse you suffered at the hands of your mother...I had a similar one. Unlike you, I have never found it within me to forgive...when she died, it affected me less than it would have had I seen a stranger die. Catherine, I wish you many years of peace and happiness with your family. N.
Jade Nirvana Ingmire
May 7, 2009
at 12:36 PM said:
Your book was so beautiful and inspiring. It came at exactly the right time in my life and reminded me to never settle for a comfort zone, and always be true to yourself. Thank you for writing it.
April 23, 2009
at 12:56 AM said:
Catherine, I read your book in an evening I loved it - you reminded me to follow spirit and to hold a place inside that is forever strong. It was sad to read about your childhood but inspiring to see how your faith helped you transcend your past and have a wonderful life.
Thank you for writing it - I do read all the 'rock memoirs' and I like them but your book was so much more than that - you are an inspiration.
April 20, 2009
at 7:11 PM said:
I couldn't get enough of your book.
I loved it so much.
I'm a huge fan of the 60's rock era so I was fascinated by all of your adventures.
I'm a huge fan !
Thank you so much for writing your memoirs :)
Ally from Florida
April 16, 2009
at 6:02 PM said:
Fantastic book! I absolutely loved reading every page.
You've lived an incredible life and I truly admire how you've lived it.
Keep writing and I'll definitely keep reading :)
belinda geelong australia
February 19, 2009
at 3:17 AM said:
Really enjoyed reading your memoirs you really where a survivor couldn't put it down can't wait for your next one
January 17, 2009
at 9:54 PM said:
I'm reading your book right now and it's wonderful. I know what it's like to hang with those rockers. My brother was the lead guitar player in Alice Cooper. He passed away in 1997 from pneumonia. We have had several memorials for him and once had one at the Whisky. We rented the place out for a night and had a great time. Of course, we stayed at the "Riot House." Even Miss Pamela showed up at the Rainbow. I'm sad I wasn't there to meet her.
Take care and good luck.
January 9, 2009
at 10:48 AM said:
It's incredibly interesting to find another Catherine James that has risen to prominence over the years, an author of a memoir no less! I plan on purchasing your book in order to fully learn the exploits of another who shares my name. But I concede that you had first dibs to it, as I'm only 17 years of age. Interesting indeed.
September 9, 2008
at 12:53 PM said:
Your book sounds totally amazing - I can't wait to get my hands on a copy as I love this type of read. Excellent! Best wishes to you
your new friend Jus (myspace).
July 4, 2008
at 8:42 AM said:
Read your book and was very moved by your survival from craziness and abuse. I get to hear people's stories since I am an attorney and do family law-- so much horror out there you wonder how people make it. Also thought it was very well written, so I hope you put out more books and articles.
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