Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Confessions of a Rock N Roll Name Dropper - A book Review

Laurie interviewed Paul and Linda in 1979 during the Back to the Egg era and she interviewed John and Yoko while they were promoting Double Fantasy on December 8, 1980


I feel like I just made a new friend.  The past three days I spent with Rock & Roll journalist, Laurie Kaye and I got to know all about her life and adventures with some of the biggest names in music.  

Alright -- I just got finished reading the book Laurie Kaye's new book, Confessions of a Rock N Roll Name Dropper, but her book was so well written and engaging that I now feel like I know Laurie and really think we need to be friends. 

To those of you who visit this site, you will know Laurie Kaye as the woman who conducted John Lennon's last interview on December 8 with RKO.    Her interview with John is well-known and loved.   Parts of it were used in the Anthology and other documentaries about John's life.   When she interviewed John, he was in a wonderful mood and said some great things.  While no one at the time would have known that it was John's final interview, his words in this interview are just amazing.  If you haven't heard it in a while, it is well worth the time to take a listen. 

But Laurie didn't just interview John.  She also interviewed Paul and Linda during the promotion of Back to the Egg in 1979 (and it is thought that Paul might have recommended her to John for his interview).   And she conducted an interview with George Harrison over the telephone.  The stories about these interviews were great to learn about and they really show the personalities of both former Beatles. 

Laurie is a Beatles fan and she wrote one of the first Beatles radio shows that was syndicated and played around the United States in the 1970s.   Many, many Beatles fans came to know and love the band after listening to the program.  

This book isn't about The Beatles but about the life of a young, single woman that worked in the California music scene in the 1970s.   As the title suggests, she met a lot of famous people during that time, and she tells her stories about them as she tells the story of her life. 

I found the book to be a really fun and enjoyable read.   It wasn't a book that was too long and was easy for me to read a few chapters here and there while traveling.     

For those of you who were concerned, Laurie talks about John's killer because, unfortunately, John's murder is part of her story.  However, she does NOT mention the killer's name at all in the book.  I know that is a concern of many of you, and I want you to know that she purposely has left that terrible person's name out of the book, but the parts about John's death are upsetting, as you would expect.

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    1. So happy to hear! Hope you love my book as much as Sara!