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Sunday, May 08, 2005

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Stiv & Sabel Starr, originally uploaded by Theresa K.

According to the technology that runs this thing, this photo of Stiv Bators with Sabel Starr is the picture more people have dialed up, zoomed in on and come back to. Thanks. Glad you like it.

The Whisky A Go Go certainly had a colorful backstage, with its pink walls covered in graffiti. During the day, I worked upstairs at the Whisky. Our office was one giant room, bigger than the headliner's backstage area. We had four desks and the owner, Elmer Valentine kept a stationary bicycle there. He wasn't there that much, however. The most high tech thing we had was that several of the incoming phone lines of the Whisky also rang in his house, so we could use the telephone intercom to tell him he had callers, and the callers knew none the wiser.

Hollywood mogul, Lou Adler was one of Elmer's partners in the Whisky and Roxy clubs on the Sunset Strip. Lou Adler had managed the Mamas and Papas, produced the Monterey Pop Festival, launched Ode Records and produced The Rocky Horror Show among a million other things. He is still moving and shaking things in LA.

These days, the Whisky is a room that any promoter can rent and can put on their own show. I miss the place it used to be. It really was one of those "if these walls could talk" kind of places. During many a re-vamping of the interiors, I remember seeing original graffiti from the likes of Stephen Stills and yes, even Jim Morrison. They never ever painted over that stuff. Those backstage walls are sheet rock and the real walls are underneath, somewhat unscathed.


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