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  • John 11:34 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Starwood Booking Manager, David Forest, Passed Away 

    David was a pretty well known music and club agent in L.A. at one time. At the Starwood, Gary Fontenot was the general manager and David handled the bands (he replaced David Knight). In this video from David’s YouTube channel, he discusses his career and also his time working for the Whiskey and for Gary at the Starwood. He died from diabetes in 2015.

    His obituary:

    December 12, 1948 – August 13, 2015
    David was born in Long Beach, CA, December 12, 1948 to Ira and Joyce Forest. David attended Paul Revere JHS 1961-1963 and Palisades High School, class of ’66. David was accepted at Stanford University; he wanted to earn some spending money, so he booked local bands for fraternity and sorority parties. He liked the money he earned and found he was spending more time at that than with classes, that is also when he first met Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham. He went to work for Bill Graham’s Millard Agency in San Francisco at Fillmore West where he handled the Grateful Dead and Santana. He moved back to LA in 1969 to work at IFA and then was hired by David Geffen at CMA in 1971 where he would end up handling Moody Blues, Leon Russell, Carole King, James Taylor, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Carpenters. At the age of 25, David decided to open a booking agency and also concert promotion (Fun Productions). Most of the concerts were on the west coast, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Jose and included Sly and the Family Stone, Boz Scaggs, Steve Miller, Billy Preston, Loggins and Messina, Uriah Heep, Lynard Skynard, Jefferson Starship and Cat Stevens. In the summer of 1976, the first big concerts at Anaheim Stadium headlining, KISS, ZZ Top and Aerosmith. After the economy took a dive, he moved on to book acts for the Whisky a Go Go and the Starwood. David passed away from the side effects of diabetes. A Celebration of Life service will be Friday at 11:00 AM at Hillside Mortuary. David is survived by his mother and brothers.
    Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 6, 2015.
  • John 10:37 am on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

    1966: Glickman Buys Phony Gold Brick 

    I don’t know how many Harold G’s were walking around L.A. in 1966, and if there were more than one, I doubt they were the same age. Things like this have to be taken as genuine. Harold was of course, a buddy of Nash, and they were roughly the same age (Nash turned 40 in 1969). I imagine that these two 19-year olds were Glickman’s young goons.

    From the L.A. Times… this is something I thought happened a hundred years ago to bumpkins who just arrived in the big city… quickly fleeced of their life savings:


    • jimmy 1:57 pm on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Serves the con artist right. I would have loved to see his face when he realized that a reverse is happening and now he is the one being squeezed

    • chris 7:47 am on June 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Ever heard the Story of how Hal got his knees smashed with a hammer? Man never really walked the same again-

  • John 10:50 am on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    October 30, 1980 – Grace Jones Plays The Starwood 


    Los Angeles Times. Saturday, November 1, 1980

  • John 11:24 am on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    March 1981: The Starwood Is Ruining The Hood 

    The club closed, re-opened and then closed again a few times in 1980-81 due to noise, litter and underage drinking complaints by citizens and cops. Trouble had started brewing in about 1976. The club was closed for good in June, 1981.


    • Gayle 3:05 pm on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Those damn punk rockers! Always ruining it for all.

  • John 10:04 am on February 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    A Page From Al Goldstein's Playboy Article On Holmes 

    Al Goldstein interviewed Holmes about seven years prior to seeing him at the county lock-up when he was charged with murder. It was a shock for him to now see the allegedly once-thriving and successful Holmes now suited in the county orange. Here’s a sample from that Playboy article, written by Goldstein. I read Goldstein’s memoir also, and he was a pretty good writer. He constantly makes fun of himself, and you gotta love that.

    Thanks to a viewer of this blog for sending this entire article to me. Cheers~


    • localarts 3:23 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nice article. John, I noticed you’re approaching 1 million hits!!

    • Patrick Engeleiter 6:07 am on April 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      John can you post the complete article by Goldstein? I’ve never seen this piece. Thanks buddy!

  • John 9:51 am on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    The Transition Of PJ’s (1972) 

    Just as Nash knew to cater to the kids in 1987 – turning the Seven Seas into Club Hollywood, just in time to catch the dance club-ecstasy chomping-teeth grinding craze, in 1972 the Nash knew things were changing as well. The sixties were over, and so the groovy sixties version of PJs had to change. But it did not immediately become the rock palace known as the Starwood. There were some bumps in the road, including a Vegas-style strip show with “not enough tease in their strip.”

    From January 1, 1972.


    • jimmy 2:09 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I would work for Eddie , not breaking heads but with all the clubs and liquor licenses he had one could probably move up in the ranks pretty quick if loyal and ambicious

      • John 11:36 am on February 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Ed always rewarded loyal employees. He might even vouch for someone and testify during the sentencing phase, so a former employee might avoid the death penalty for capital murder, like he did for Linell Dumas, who killed a cop’s mother during a robbery.

  • John 2:22 pm on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Eddie’s Rag Doll Supper Club 

    An old ad from a North Hollywood club Eddie once owned in the 60s. The building is now a Mexican restaurant and an auto tint shop. He and his Rag Doll business partner were arrested in 1968 for pimping and/or pandering.


  • John 11:28 am on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Eddie & Greg Arrested – 1988 (New Article) 

    Susan Launius is pictured during Holmes prelim trial. The continuation page was short and so it’s not included. It just covered how Nash was arrested at his place in Tarzana, and Greg was taken into custody at the Club Hollywood, which Nash owned (formerly the Seven Seas). I also saw a funny 1968 article where Nash and some partner of his got busted for either soliciting prostitutes, or pimping them out, the tiny “Vice” news article was not very clear as to what was going on.

    September 1988. Holmes was already deceased for six months.



    • jimmy 1:49 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Finally a rare pic of Susan. Do you have any more

      • John 3:45 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        A few more. She is re-married and enjoying the golden years. That photo above is from Holmes’ preliminary trial in Feb of 1982. After a few months in the hospital due to the attack, she rehabbed in LA at a place to help get her back on her feet.

        • criticextraordinaire 7:14 pm on February 19, 2017 Permalink

          Her new husband would certainly have big shoes to fill. Hard to compete with larger-than-life Ronnie. On the other hand, his activities likely would not require having to rescue her from kidnappers in México either.

    • jimmy 7:54 am on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sure the bar for her hubby requirements was raised a little higher after the wonderland incident .I could be wrong but I would guess she was rethinking the whole Ronnie thing ,were not talking Josh Lucas here were talking bad news junkie . They were estranged a the beginning of wonderland probably because of Mexico if that ever happened and she tries to work it out with him at wonderland and ends up getting her brains bashed in and looses a finger.Hopefully she found someone who could take care of her but you never know .

      • criticextraordinaire 8:11 pm on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Oh the México thing definitely happened. It was classic Ronnie, getting the job done. It’s just too bad that Johnny talked him into the Nash job. Ronnie should have worked WITH The Nash instead of robbing him. They would have been an unbeatable combination of savvy, muscle, and fearlessness. They coulda had a real empire.

    • jimmy 8:27 am on February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      On paper that sounds good we should trade notes and write a screen play make a few dollars .But the gang simply gave The Nash a razor and then stuck their throats out. The fact that there was no look out and the gang got stoned and crashed out is just plain stupid,they should have moved on and hid .Tracy Mccort saw the writing on the wall.I cant believe David cut out and left his butterfly there .I think they were not on the ball enough to be with the Nash.If you remember the movie they had money because Lind said he was called in to help the rest of the gang with their coke dealing because they needed the help because they were selling so much. I guess they blew all that money they were making on smack for them selves , they were incapable of running an empire they had a mini one with Billy and the coke and could not handle that.

      • criticextraordinaire 5:33 am on February 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Well Ronnie would have been the muscle in a Nash/Wonderland Gang enterprise. If somebody knew they were gonna have to deal with Ronnie and that he had Eddie’s backing, they’d have tho think real long and hard about that. But yeah, Ronnie-Billy-Joy would have done better if they had stayed off the dope. They violated Rule Number Two. Yep Tracy was the smart one, he got out of Dodge and ultimately was the last man standing of the Gang. Too bad that he passed away in ’06 as he was one of the few people left who could tell the inside story.

    • jimmy 7:55 am on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well you know Billys son eluded to the fact that his dad was able to smack Ronnie around and that he was a little guy . I got the impression that Billys son didnt think Ronnie was as tough as the movie and stories portray him as .The person who played Ronnie (Josh Lucas) is a lot bigger and looked more intimidating what do you think John its in this blog somewhere .

    • John 10:05 am on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know who was tougher, but both men respected each other.

    • localarts 10:11 am on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I think Ronnie’s reputation was largely built on his ability to commit murder, murder for hire, etc. I was very skeptical about the killings that took place in Mexico involving Ronnie, Susan & some bikers. According to Nils Grevilius a private detective who investigated the Wonderland murders for the book “four on the floor” it actually did happen. Unfortunately, the specifics of what went down will never be known. In the end, there can only be one alpha male and thats Eddie Nash. Apparently Nash is still alive from what I understand.

    • jimmy 11:44 am on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well it was either audio or something I read that was said by Billys son on this site who seems to distance himself from this but was kind enough too do an interview .Any way it really changed my mind about Ronnie and his abilities ,he was a junkie who was too stupid to save his own ass . He should have been on that show worlds stupidest criminals. I admit that I kind of took a shine too Ronnie like a lot of other people who saw the movie but this blog really filled in all the blanks .Ronnie is not unique but his story is interesting .There are Ronnies everywhere in the inner city

      • localarts 6:15 pm on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Very true Jimmy. Chemical dependency often gets in the way of good judgement. Which clearly is the case here. As far as a tough guy, bar fighting fisticuffs badass, thats not Launius. The general consenus is Ron Launius was in fact a killer and I believe that to be true. The scope of which is debatable.

        • John 9:52 am on March 3, 2017 Permalink

          And he was pretty ballsy in general… When approached at a party by a rival who did not care for Ron, the guy put a gun in Ron’s face. Ron calmly took his corncob pipe he was known to smoke with, and tipped his ashes on the barrel of the fella’s gun.

    • localarts 7:11 am on March 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, thats right. I forgot about that. Launius was definitely ballsy / crazy.

    • jimmy 7:58 am on March 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      That’s bravado played out among those types of people ,happens all the time in the world of drug dealers,gangbangers and mobsters. Thats how they get their reputations . Especially with people who live dangerously and feel thy have nothing too lose it’s either death or jail thats their only way out.

  • John 12:25 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Burt Lancaster Helps A Kid Out… 

    This is from an old 1966 yearbook. A kid sent some photos to Burt Lancaster asking him to choose the best girl for the dance. I hope Ashley Judd doesn’t see this post, my blog will get deleted.

  • John 1:43 pm on February 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

    Diles' 1965 Romans Team Considered One Of LA's Best 

    Cal Hi Sports gives the 1965 LA High School Romans the honorable mention nod as one of the city’s 18 best high school football team’s in the city’s history. Greg Diles was named 2nd team all-city that year. The year before, they lost in the playoffs, but in ’65 they won the city championship (California didn’t start doing state championships until ten years ago). Sadly, I have not been able to track down any living members of the old team. Kicker Gil Ledezma tried out for the Rams a few times, but always got cut. He was 5’2″ tall with a great leg.



    • localarts 3:13 pm on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      No mention of Diles as one of their star players. I’m sure if he were talented enough, he would have been offered a scholarship thus escaping the life he would eventually lead.

      • John 10:02 am on February 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m thinking he may have missed that boat for even junior college, if he had a bad knee or something else, nobody would have taken a chance.

      • criticextraordinaire 8:04 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Greg did pretty good. He was a henchman for The Nash, so you know he lived large.

    • jimmy 8:32 am on February 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Every city or little town from Friscoe to Main, high school or college has its heros ,record breakers all star players , chess champs fastest something or other. Just read the sports section of a news paper for any random town .Take that pool of people and maybe 1% of those make it in their respective fields.

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