DOMENIC PRIORE's NEW BLOG
When Domenic Priore first captured my attention, I started googling to get as much info about him as I could. He is an encyclopedia of rock and roll history. Man, you can ask him ANYthing, and he will have a detailed and colorful answer. His book, “Riot On Sunset Strip…” is packed with hundreds of photos and thousands of tidbits on our era in Hollywood. I had been impressed with him prior to that, but after the book, I became a major fan. To my amazement, we have now landed him as a blogger on our site. Not sure how that happened…maybe it was Slagge’s good looks and charm, but I am so honored to have him with us. Let’s all give a big wraparound to Domenic! Here is the direct link to his weblog:
The Great Hollywood Hangover
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A Sunset Strip...
If you hung out on "The Strip" in the sixties, then you know exactly what the "Hollywood Hangover" is. If you were not there, then you probably wish you had been, so here is where you'll find information about the people who lived in the grandest part of the world during the greatest era of them all.
The Hollywood crowd played a distinct role in historical road- paving in the 1960's. We were first at everything! Our intense behavior and radical thinking created a deluge of brain waves that washed across the nation drenching millions of other young minds in our electrifying incredible music...Still is!
"People today are
still living off the table scraps of the sixties."
(Bob Dylan, 1992)
So who were these mad mortal forces? I'm sure of one thing. We were a distinct rare breed and there will never be another group like us... Youth, and fearlessness, brazen curiosity, dreams and aspirations-- these things are certain in every generation, but in the 60's, on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, these passions were magnified in the lights, the money, the music and the drugs; amplified in a noble velocity--honorable and glorious, on a day to day basis. Our feet never touched the ground! Living in suspension several feet above the earth was normal to us. Mind-blowing incredible events happened every day.
The worst part of the sixties? The seventies! That's when the bad turn of events began. That's when we started losing people. What happens when the intensity and magnitude is gone from your life? What do you do? How do you fill up the gaping holes? How do you go back to Kansas or Illinois and adjust to Midwestern mediocrity after the brilliance of yesterday?
Some have called that period an aftermath.
I've always considered
it to be much more relentless than that-- a painfully long and depressing time
in my life. It was the biggest, baddest hangover I have ever had! Later on, I
learned of the hundreds of other people that endured a similar existence. Many
people lost their lives trying to deal with it. It was THAT devastating! That
was, and STILL IS...
The Great Hollywood Hangover.