by Josh Gross
Portland, Ore., musician and force of nature Storm Large—yes, that's her real name—is perhaps best known for her stint on the reality TV show Rockstar Supernova, in which a rock group featuring members of Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses and Jane's Addiction searched for a singer.
She didn't win the contest, but her enormous voice and even larger personality were enough to propel her lounge-core act from the Portland club scene into the global spotlight and make her single, "Ladylike," an Internet hit.
Following her reality TV stint, Large wrote and performed Crazy Enough, a one-woman musical stage memoir at Portland Center Stage, which told the story of her turning to sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll to face the trials of her mother's mental illness and doctor's advice that she should prepare herself for its hereditary effects.
The show was a smash, selling out performances for months, and the theater had to stay open through the summer to accommodate demand. Crazy Enough later went to an off-Broadway theater in New York for a short run this past spring.
Now, Large has translated that stage show into a book, which will be released on Jan. 10, 2012.
If it's one-tenth as raw, funny and poignant as the stage version of Crazy Enough, it will set a high bar for books to meet in 2012.
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