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Lords of the Sunset Strip [Kindle Edition]

Blackie Dammett , Craig Weeden
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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'I did a double take when I saw fourteen-year-old Drew Barrymore at the bar, drinking with the Bukowski crowd. She was adorable, spoke with a potty mouth and carried on as if she was in her twenties. I was straining to approach her but backed off. I’d been in enough trouble. The next time I looked she was gone. A couple nights later she reappeared and in the same spot at the middle of the bar, entertaining the bartender. I pulled the trigger this time, and whatever I had to say she bought.'

"I'm eating your book! It's delicious!" Lia Mack - Portland, Oregon

"Fervent shades of Jack Kerouac.” Terry Wells - Brigg, England

“Lords of the Sunset Strip” is the brutally honest and hilarious memoir of actor and writer Blackie Dammett—AKA John Kiedis—who happens to be the father of Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis. Set mostly in Hollywood but with multiple national and worldwide excursions for film shoots, love affairs and drug deals, this tell-all provides an unexpectedly candid look at an actor’s transition from a wild man with a dream to a sensitive if unconventional parent with a dream. And of course, there were the women. New girls were always replenishing the scene.

Dammett towed his young Red Hot Chili Pepper with him through a torrent of sex-fueled parties, auditions and business deals in Hollywood, New York and London. It’s an exhilarating, exhausting and romantic journey. It had a profound and ineffable influence on Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Anthony. “Lords of the Sunset Strip” will no doubt have a similar influence on its readers as well. It’s simply the biggest, baddest, boldest tale of Hollywood and Rock & Roll ever written.


Product Details

  • File Size: 947 KB
  • Print Length: 510 pages
  • Publisher: The Spencer Company; 1 edition (November 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4MD2DY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Found out family secrets! April 2, 2013
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Blackie definitely has a flair for the dramatic, and it kept me up late last night reading the early years! Full disclosure...we are cousins and his mother was my Aunt Mollie (my dad's sister). I learned a lot about his take on growing up, as I did, in the flatlands of Michigan, and the dream of going to California, but oh what a ride he had! I like his quick descriptive style of writing and loved the action backed narrative. Readers will not be disappointed, even if they do not know who he is talking about, as I did. Great job, Blackie...you inspire me to continue working on my own story!
peace, Jane
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars awful. January 9, 2014
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In this book, Blackie Dammett names every single person he's ever met, ever. Clearly he's never met an editor. The book is filled with rambling, corny prose; page-long paragraphs with six different subjects; and a complete display of narcissism. Every time he refers to his son's band, it's "we..." -- as in "we made a video for this song... we appeared on the MTV awards... we released this record... we hired this guitarist." Ugh. Piggyback much? The most sickening thing about the book was his self-congratulatory stories about sleeping with young girls -- a rambling story about a long intimate relationship he has with a girl ends with something to the effect of "...and then we celebrated her 18th birthday..." Drew Barrymore was 14 when he (in his 40s by that time) implies that he slept with her. He more than once claims that Anthony takes after his "pops" in liking the young girls. It's gross, and when it's written by a man who is now in his late 60s, even more so. I guess it doesn't matter that I didn't care for Blackie Dammett; he likes himself enough for both of us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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With luck and hard work, most people achieve success in their chosen careers. But Blackie Dammett is not like most people; he's achieved success in multiple careers in film, television, and on stage; he also worked in talent management. In other words, he knew everyone in Hollywood.

After retiring to his home state of Michigan and blossoming as a painter, he finally settled in Portland. With the release of his first book, an autobiography entitled "Lords of the Sunset Strip," Dammett proves himself to be a competent wordsmith and engaging storyteller. Readers will enjoy his distinct writing voice, and should appreciate the fact that no ghostwriter was involved in this project. These are all Dammett's words, straight from his heart.

Infamous as the ultimate Party Deity and THE guest to grace one's door, Dammett is also well-known as being the rocking father of Red Hot Chili Peppers' lead singer Anthony Kiedis, who moved to Los Angeles as a pre-teen to live with his Dad. The father-son relationship is chronicled in this book.

"Lords of the Sunset Strip" provides a unique glimpse into Dammett's extraordinary life and adventures, and it's long overdue. This initial release as an ebook is a terrific read; fans are already clamoring for a physical book heavy with photos.

Followers of Blackie Dammett, Anthony Kiedis, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be over the moon with this read. But its audience is far wider than that. Offering a lively remembrance of the Age of Aquarius, when so many of us were eager and open-minded to new experiences, this book is also a delicious read for those interested in the history of Hollywood and the early careers of rock's biggest names.

The only downside with this book is the Enchantment Factor.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Actually quit reading May 31, 2013
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Just one man's opinion but this guy is a total ass. He thinks so highly of himself it really is laughable. If you think there is going to be some details about Anthony and Flea you are going to be sorely disappointed. This book is about every audition Blackie went on and every and I mean every girl he ever met. This is a cheesy tribute to one man's quest for taking your money. He got some of mine, don't let him get some of yours.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better August 22, 2013
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Blackburn spent a lot of the book listing girls he dated and movies and tv shows he tried out for. He should have spent more of that time talking about the band or his parenting philosophy. I was hoping for something deeper but it's just not there - shallow person shallow life's story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, emotional, and inspiring. April 29, 2013
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I have had the pleasure of meeting Blackie a few times...and maybe it's because I've met him before that while reading his book I felt like I could literally hear him telling his story... However I would recommend this book to anyone. It's real, honest, and doesn't sugar coat anything, but I have to say this book is definitely not for the faint of heart... It's a relatable story of love, work, triumph, loss, & life. Awesome book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Intriguing August 12, 2013
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Huge fan of RHCP, however Blackie Dammet is a very interesting character, glad I bought the e-book wish it came in paperback though!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I felt this book was poorly written and hard to follow. It seems like it was more about name dropping than of this guys life. Read more
Published 12 months ago by carla
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick Ass Rockumentary
Blackie Dammett had one exhilarating life that you wouldn't believe. From the beaches to the pavement, from the limousines and jet planes to jumping trains, he got around this... Read more
Published 13 months ago by signalkidd
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I loved this book. Mostly because I'm a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan but I did find it really interesting learning the about the man behind the legend, who turns out to be a legend... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Really entertaining
A friend of mine recommended this to me and i am glad she did ! The books has everything, it is funny, has exciting adventures, suspense. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nikki
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Very well written, Blackie has lead such a colourful life and has such a fascinating story to tell, along with his son's, Anthony Kiedis. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cassandra
5.0 out of 5 stars A lyrical narrative
"Lords of the Sunset Strip" is a compelling read, one that will fascinate Red Hot Chili Pepper fans and rock historians alike. Read more
Published 16 months ago by erin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
Gripping, brilliant and powerful; these words just begin to describe "Lords of the Sunset Strip", the astonishing autobiography of Blackie Dammett, actor and writer. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Andjelka
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