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    INTERVIEWS

    Twelve Rehabs, Twenty-Three Detoxes and Three Deaths
    http://honisoit.com/2015/03/twelve-rehabs-twenty-three-detoxes-and-three-deaths/

    The Drum-- Last 15 minutes of show
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-06/the-drum-thursday-march-6/5304358

    4ZZZ Book Club
    http://zedbookclub.com/?p=1270

    Channel 10, WakeUp
    http://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/wake-up/extra/season-2014/10-mar-a-hairy-story

    Rayya’s AWW event ‘Harley Loco: Rayya ‘in conversation’ w Elizabeth Gilbert’ was filmed for ABC TV Big Ideas and will be broadcast on ABC 1, ABC News24, Slow TV, as well as on Radio National and the AustraliaNetwork. TX dates tbc.

    RADIO INTERVIEWS

    ABC Local Radio, Conversations with Richard Fidler – aired nationally
    http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2014/03/10/3960199.htm

    ABC Radio National, Drive – The Drawing Room w Waleed Aly – aired nationally
    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drawingroom/a-wild-ride-to-a-clean-life-on-the-edge/5326770

    SBS Arabic Radio w Marie Myssy
    http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/arabic/highlight/page/id/320602/t/-Harley-Loco-By-Rayya-Elias

    ArtSound FM
    http://evanaho.com/2014/03/02/lust-for-life/

    891 ABC Adelaide Mornings w Ian Henschke
    http://blogs.abc.net.au/sa/2014/02/a-memoir-of-hard-living-hair-and-post-punk.html?site=adelaide&program=adelaide_mornings

    ABC Radio National, Books + Arts Daily
    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandartsdaily/rayya-elia27s-harley-loco/5049554

    Radio Adelaide 101.5FM, The Wire
    http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=11280#5

    A longer cut will go on Cath Kenneally’s local Arts program – Writer’s Radio (tx tbc)
    https://radio.adelaide.edu.au/programs/arts/

    774 ABC Melbourne, Drive w Raf Epstein

    3ser 97.7FM, Viewoints w Henry Grossek

    666 ABC Canberra Afternoons w Alex Sloan

    4ZZZ – The Book Club w Sky Kirkham


    REVIEWS


    “Rayya Elias has lived the life of a rock star. A naturally talented stylist, the almost self-taught hair-cutter became a hairdresser to the stars... Invited to the hottest parties in New York City’s 1980s heyday of drugs, girls and glitter, Elias had it all… and, most importantly, access to the exclusive art, music and fashion worlds… A thrilling, entertaining, humorous and brutally honest look at why getting what you want doesn’t always fill the vacancy inside. Elias is a natural storyteller and her life’s experiences are told with a keen sense of humour and a refusal to play the victim. Accurately described as ‘The Kitchen Confidential of the hairdressing world’, Harley Locois a fascinating study of psychology, glamour and excess.”—Australian Penthouse, May

     

    “Some books ease you in gently then raise the temperature; others throw you in at boiling point. Rayya Elias likes it hot... Elias is as tough as old boots, and the personification of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll... The memoir, characterised by Elias' frank, confessional voice, tracks her chaotic past and, though at times it's harrowing reading about self-destructive impulses vying for dominance over creative energies, it cannot be accused of being boring. Harley Loco is an account of a life lived passionately - if misguidedly - by a survivor sporting more than a few battle scars.”—Sun Herald and Sunday Age, 19 May

     

    “New York is almost a character in her story; it gave, it took, became her lover, her friend, her most respected enemy and her muse Some people may find this a difficult book to read, but Elias lays it all open: the frenetic 1980s music scene, the evictions for not paying rent, hustling drugs to feed her own habit, her love affairs with other women and the physical and emotional pain of rehab. It's a roller-coaster of a book but well worth the effort.★★★★”—Good Reading, Jul

     

    “This is a raw, gutsy memoir that never shies away from telling it like it was... Rayya is the ultimate rebel and the ultimate survivor who now has arrived in a place of contentment, clean and sober.”—Northern Rivers Echo, 30 May

     

    “Through the prism of hindsight, Elias writes honestly about her choices and her failings to deliver an eye-opening portrayal of life under the influence.”—Advertiser, 11 May

     

    “Harley Loco is Syrian-born, Detroit-raised Rayya Elias' memoir of a life spent searching for moments of peace and happiness among school bullies, drugs, music, hairdressing, homelessness, prison and more drugs. It's her descent into heroin and cocaine addiction that forms the backbone of the story, but her eventual redemption makes sticking through the tough stuff worthwhile. Elias writes simply and clearly, never trying to water down or make excuses for what she has done. It makes for a fascinating tale.”—Weekend Press (NZ), 11 May

     

    Rayya Elias, has had a life. And what a life it’s been. Elias tells of life on the streets, of spells in prison (where she got the nickname Harley Loco because of her crazy behaviour) and about the insanity that pervades her life from the moment she decides to use drugs as a prop. This is a raw, gutsy memoir that never shies away from telling it like it was... Rayya is the ultimate rebel and the ultimate survivor who now, has arrived at a place of contentment, clean and sober.”—REVIEW RAN IN ALL OF THE FOLLOWING: Advocate, Daily Examiner, Daily Mercury, Fraser Coast Chronicle, Gladstone Observer, Gympie Times, Morning Bulletin, News Mail, Northern Star, Sunshine Coast Daily 11 May

     

    “Elias' memoir of a life spent searching for moments of peace and happiness among school bullies, drugs, music, hairdressing, homelessness, prison and more drugs. Elias writes simply and clearly, never trying to water down or make excuses for what she has done. It makes for a fascinating tale.”—Weekend Press, 11 May (NZ)

     

    “Elias writes simply and clearly, never trying to water down or make excuses for what she has done. It makes for a fascinating tale that is hard to put down until the very last page has been turned.”—Dominion Post (NZ), 11 May


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