Authors: Storm Large
“Like some twisted love child of Mae West and Keith Richards, Storm Large is a force of nature. Her ballsy, heartbreaking, hysterical tour de force of a memoir is not to be missed. Crazy Enough is vulgar and fragile, tragic and empowering, and like Storm, it is always entertaining.”
New York Times
bestselling author of
The Night Season
“Storm Large has written a bodacious book. Buy it, now!”
“Storm Large is an irresistibly rambunctious force of nature.
is shattering, gorgeous, and uproarious fun.”
, author of
“It's too bad that readers can't have her actually in their lives and feel the true force of Storm, but her book is so true to who she is that it is still a powerful, funny, and outrageous experience. Plus, you won't have to deal with all of those strange sounds and dirty sheets.”
, actor, director, writer
“Storm Large performs with world-class symphonies and hardcore rock bands, and she's written a book worthy of both audiences. If good writing is about taking chances and pushing readers to the edge, then this is a chart buster, as she takes us on a wild and sometimes painful ride into her world of crazy.”
, author of
Goat Brothers, Counting Coup,
No Ordinary Joes
IS HER REAL NAME,
though she's been called many things. As a per former, the majority of descriptions have led with “Amazon,” “Powerhouse,” “a six-foot Vargas pinup come to life.”
called her a “punk goddess.” You'd never know she used to be called “Little S”âthe mini-me to her beautiful and troubled mother, Suzi.
Storm spent most of her childhood visiting her mother in mental institutions and psych wards. Suzi's diagnosis changed with almost every doctor visit, ranging from schizophrenia to bipolar disorder to multiple personality disorder to depression. As hard as it was not having her at home, Storm and her brothers knew that it was a lot safer to have their beautiful but unreliable mom in a facility somewhere. Then one day, nine-year-old Storm jokingly asked one of her mother's doctors, “I'm not going to be crazy like that, right?” To which he replied, “Well, yes. It's hereditary. You absolutely will end up like your mother. But not until your twenties.”
That was the starting gun for a wild race to escape what Storm believed to be her future. Desperate to delay the lonely sickness and sadness that haunted her mother, Storm stomped her size-twelve boots straight toward as much sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll as she could find. Losing her virginity at thirteen, she sprinted through her young life, trying to smoke and fuck and wail away the madness that she feared would catch up to her at any moment. Instead, she found herself deep in a life of craziness of her own making.
Then, in her twenties, with nothing to live for and a growing heroin addiction, Storm accepted a chance invitation to sing with a friend's band. That night she reconnected with her long-term love of music, and it dragged her back from the edge. She has been singing and slinging inappropriate banter at audiences worldwide ever since.
Storm's story of growing up with a mental time bomb hanging around her neck veers from frightening to inspiring, sometimes all in one sentence. But her strength, charisma, and raw musical talent gave her the will to overcome it all. With tremendous honesty and tremendous dirty language,
is about an artist's journey of realizing that the mistakes that make, break, and remake us are worth far more than our flailing attempts to live a life we think is “normal.” It is a love song to the twisted, flawed parts in all of us and a nod to the grace we find when things fall apart.
is a singer-songwriter best known as a contestant on the reality television show
Rock Star: Supernova
. Her acclaimed one-woman show,
, has appeared in the UK and Australia, and is heading to off-Broadway in New York City.
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