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The Real Tony Montana(s)?

In answer to the question, “Was the truth hard to decipher?” Roben Farzad admits when dealing with notorious cocaine dealers, where each and everyone suggests that they were the role model for Tony Montana in Scarface”You have to select and trust your research carefully.” Farzad replies. His new book, Hotel Scarface Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami is a fantastical read. No details, no matter how gruesome or potentially unbelievable are spared. Roben tells the story of Miami’s notorious Mutiny Hotel with delicious enthusiasm and if prompted will manage a spot-on impersonation of one of the extraordinary cast of characters. Roben Farzad joins Norman B to talk about Hotel Scarface in the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

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Gritty, Unflinching, Name-Dropping & Juicy!

Jarett Kobek photographed by Helmut Fricke

When Adeline, a wealthy art student, chances upon a young man from the Midwest known only as Baby in a shady East Village squat, the two begin a fiery friendship that propels them through a decade of New York life. In the apartments and bars of downtown Manhattan to the infamous nightclub The Limelight, Adeline is Baby s guardian angel, introducing him to a city not yet overrun by gentrification. They live through an era of New York punctuated by the deaths of Warhol, Basquiat, Wojnarowicz, and Tompkins Square Park. Adeline is fiercely protective of Baby, even bringing him home with her to Los Angeles, but he soon takes over his own education. Once just a kid off the bus from Wisconsin, Baby relishes ketamine-fueled clubbing nights and acid days in LA, and he falls deep into the Club Kid twilight zone of sexual excess.

As Adeline develops into the artist she never really expected to become and flees to the nascent tech scene in San Francisco, Baby faces his own desire for artistic expression and recognition. He must write his way out of clubbing life, and their friendship, an alliance that seemed nearly impenetrable, is tested and betrayed, leaving each unmoored as the world around them seems to be unraveling. This is the synopsis of The Future Won’t Be Long, the new novel from Jarett Kobek. A gritty unflinching roller-coaster ride, detailing the excesses of New York’s club scene from 1986 through 1996. Kobek deliberately name-drops, incorporating juicy details, some obviously real, some imagined while laying bare what has to be in part, a thinly veiled autobiography. Jarett Kobek, also the author of cult favorite,  I Hate the Internet joins Norman B for the next edition of Life Elsewhere to discuss The Future Won’t Be Long.

Life Elsewhere is available at iTunes

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If you miss any editions of Life Elsewhere, go here then go to the Listen On Demand panel, choose the date of a show and click play.

Life Elsewhere Music airs:
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Show #234

 

Remembering Ian “Mac” McLagan

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Ian “Mac” McLagan the famed keyboard player with the Small Faces and Faces, who also collaborated with The Rolling Stones, and led his own band from the late 1970s, died on December 3, 2014. The next edition of Life Elsewhere will be a special tribute to Ian, a crucial figure in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. Earlier last year (2014), Ian and Norman B ran into each other, backstage at a charity concert, they were both performing at, in Seattle. It was an unplanned and surprise meeting for the two silver-haired men who had gone to art school together, many years ago in London. Catching up backstage at the event didn’t allow much time or peace and quite to reminisce, so a couple of recording sessions were scheduled. “It’ll be like having a cozy, fireside chat over Skype.” Joked Ian. Those “fireside chats” resulted in many hours of a fascinating and revealing conversation with a man who had experienced and seen so much in his illustrious career. Because of the amount and compelling content of the recordings, Norman B decided to air the sessions in two parts. The news of Ian McLagan‘s death came in just over a week after part one of the “fireside chats” first aired. Out of respect to Mac and his family, and not gratuitously capitalize on his untimely death, we chose to wait to air more of the “fireside chat”. Here then in the upcoming edition of Life Elsewhere, we bring you the portions of the conversation with Mac, not aired before. You’ll hear Mac and Norman talk about their days growing up in the early 60’s in the same area of London and attending the same college. And, Mac talking candidly about his early life, becoming a pop-star, drugs, life on the road with The Rolling Stones, and the sad death of his wife. Listen carefully, because Ian McLagan‘s words are all the more poignant when he talks about age and not paying off his mortgage until he’d be 99. “He was one of the nicest men I have ever had the honor to know,” says Norman B, adding, “This is a true heartfelt story, from a man who loved life and rock ’n’ roll, make sure you don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

The photo above of Ian “Mac” McLagan and Norman B was taken backstage at the Kiss The Sky concert in Seattle, April 22, 2014. The audio clip below is from the “fireside chat”, with Mac talking about getting old.

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A Human Instinct For War is the title of Norman B’s latest contribution to Trebuchet Magazine.

Sex & Drugs & Rock ’n’ Roll & …er…Math!

Sex

In the next bumper-packed edition of Life Elsewhere we’ll talk with Mandy Smith who recounts in explicit detail, her life as a Virgin Flight attendant. Mandy will tell us the good, the bad and the downright naughty tales of life in the air. Her book, Cabin Fever, The Sizzling Secrets of a Virgin Air Hostess, has just been released in paperback.

Drugs

Dr. David Casarett‘s new book, Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana, brings a welcome objectivity to contentious topic by applying a unique mix of science, humanity, and even humor to effectively dispel common myths and misconceptions about medical marijuana. Dr. Casarett joins the program and we’ll ask the important questions, including, “How stoned is too stoned?”

Rock ’n’ Roll

The Hit That Never Was this week features an English rock band who formed inSiv Jakobsen 1963 and were professionally active between 1964 and 1967. They were a popular live attraction at the time, rivaling such groups as The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds, although, despite releasing a clutch of singles and an album, their record sales never reflected this popularity. The band took their name from the singer, who was the eldest brother of another rock musician who later found fame with the Faces and the Stones. If you can’t name the band, make sure you don’t miss the next Life Elsewhere to find out who is this week’s Hit That Never Was. Also in music, Norman B will introduce you to a talented new singer-songwriter from Norway, Siv Jakobsen. “I’m entranced by Siv’s voice and her adroit use of silences or pauses in her work.” Says Mr. B. who will play two two cuts from her EP, “The Lingering”, a unique cover of Britney Spears’ Toxic and How We Used To Love, which is also released as a single with a beautiful video to promote it. Siv has that ethereal, haunting quality that reminds me of Life Elsewhere favorite, Barzin.” Adds Norman B.

Math

“I believe you have Discalculia”, mathematics Professor, Jordan Ellenberg tells Norman B, who admits to having difficulty with numbers and being daunted by interviewing the author of How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking. The professor’s book, now out in paperback is all about math, but not the math we learn in school which can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. Instead Jordan Ellenberg explains to us how terribly limiting this view is. “Math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do—the whole world is shot through with it, the math.” the professor says.

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Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana

We have explored the idea of Medical Marijuana before on Life Elsewhere. We’ve talked with people suffering from crippling ailments who use cannabis to ease their pain. Medical professionals who believe there is place for medical marijuana have joined the program. Mark Haskell Smith, the author of Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup gave his overview on the topic. We’ve even talked to people convinced of the evil of cannabis. And, we’ve talked to lawyers about the legal ramifications of Medical Marijuana use. Yet, after all of our exploration on the subject, we had not come across the definitive and articulate case for medical marijuana. That is, until now… Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana is the new book by Dr. David Casarett who brings a welcome objectivity to a contentious topic by applying a unique mix of science, humanity, and even humor to effectively dispel common myths and misconceptions about Medical Marijuana. Make sure you don’t miss this important interview on Medical Marijuana with Dr. David Casarett, on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

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