This author is our canyon neighbor. I learned of his book when he was a guest on my talk radio show,* regaling listeners with tales of his world travels including adventures with John and Yoko Lennon.
Dan, a professional mime, teacher and star in the film 2001 Space Odyssey, traveled through India and Europe resulting in his befriending of Yoko Ono before she met John Lennon. He witnessed Lennon’s burgeoning romance, the breakup of the Beatles, became an intimate friend of the couple, as well as manager and photographer for John’s solo career. Dan’s confession of horrific struggles with drug addiction during this time is heart breaking to read, but we’re uplifted as he recovers.
While reading this memoir, I felt like I was a fly on the wall during London’s swinging 60s’ era: the exploding rock and roll scene, colorful fashions (think Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, Carnaby street, etc.), the psychedelic drug scene, and with all of the ‘free love’ and drama one could imagine during this time sprinkled throughout.
This book is published only in the U.K. at present, but is available at our Sierra Madre Public Library.
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*Dan’s interview can be found at Village Vine Online, Sierra Madre’s online radio station: http://villagevine.org/AudioFiles/OurTravelAffair/Dan_Richter032813.mp3