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Hollywood and Kew

Why don’t you start by telling us a little about yourself?

My first love has always been music, and I mean rock ‘n’ roll. My love goes back to saving my pennies to buy the 45rmp records that cost 25¢. I lived in Hollywood during the sixties. Every musician in the world went there. At age 15, I interviewed the Beatles at Los Angeles International Airport for KABC television and reported on their Hollywood Bowl concert from backstage for KABC News as a cub reporter. For the next ten years, I met, hung out with, or dated various members of the English Invasion and other LA locals and visiting musicians.

One boyfriend that exposed me to the fast lane of the early rock world was Bill Wyman, bassist for the Rolling Stones. In his book Stone Alone: The Story of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Band – Bill Wyman, 1997, he comments, “Brian’s behavior was bizarre that night and Kathy (West) Townsend, a girlfriend of mine at the time,” ECT…

I continued to be surrounded by musicians, as I became a professional dancer in Hollywood clubs; The Hullaballoo, and Gazzarri’s with The Doors and other popular bands, and later concerts arenas behind The Who. I worked at the world famous Whiskey A-Go-Go, and The Daisy Club in Beverly Hills, that catered to famous actors and personalities.

The early 70s brought the Record Plant West, a brand new state-of-the-art recording studio. That was where the Who’s Who of the music industry recorded. A few years later, I squeezed in some legal experience at the Walt Disney Company corporate headquarters in Burbank, California, in their Entertainment Law department. Those are the sources I draw from when writing the Affairs of the Heart Series.