Growing Up Rock and Roll and Off the Rails

Dear Reflection: I Never Meant to be a Rebel by Jessica Bell

Dear Reflection by Jessica Bell

"Dear Reflection: I Never Meant to be a Rebel", a memoir by Jessica Bell published 6th June 2017

 Growing up Rock and Roll and Off the Rails

"A dangerous coming-of-age story with a heart full of punk love"

Joni Rodgers, New York Times Best Selling Author

  • Jessica Bell is the singer in the ambient pop band Keep Shelly in Athens, a writer and designer. Her parents were the founders of two iconic ‘80s Australian bands, Ape the Cry and Hard Candy
  • A full-blown confessional about growing up in an unconventional family, filled with sex, drugs, rock n’ roll and a longing to live a creative life
  • An engrossing read, Bell has lived a lot in a relatively short amount of time
  • Jessica Bell is available for interview

 Jessica Bell never meant to be a rebel. But growing up with two gothic rockers as parents seemed to make it inevitable.

In 1980s Australia, Erika Bach and Demetri Vlass founded Ape the Cry and Hard Candy, two of Melbourne’s iconic indie bands. They encouraged Jessica with unreserved love to pick up the guitar and write her own songs. But Erika’s back problem became a nightmare of pill popping, alcohol abuse, and anxiety attacks. Demetri retreated into silence for fear of triggering Erika’s drug-induced psychosis. And Jessica turned inwards, to her own reflection.

But her mirror self was a fiend, not a friend. All it took was one secret drink at fifteen, and Jessica dove headlong into depression and self-destruction to escape the madness at home.

Experimenting with bisexuality in a high school rife with bullies? Not a problem; she had alcohol. Losing her virginity to rape? Not a problem; she had alcohol. Trying to supplement absent love with unprotected one-night stands? Not a problem; she had alcohol... Until one day alcohol nearly drove Jessica off a cliff.

About the Author

Jessica Bell is an Australian award-winning author, graphic designer and the singer of the ambient pop band Keep Shelly in Athens. She is also the Co-Founder and Publisher of Vine Leaves Press. Jessica’s previous books include White Lady, Twisted Velvet Chains and Bitter Like Orange Peel and she currently lives in Greece.


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Source: Vine Leaves Press

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