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Roadie + Junkie + Robber = Author

During punk rock’s heyday Patrick O’Neil worked at the legendary Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco’s premier punk venue. He then went on to become a roadie and eventually the road manager for Dead Kennedys and Flipper, as well as the Subhumans and T.S.O.L. But that was before his life got totally out of control. O’Neil was a heroin addict for eighteen years, incarcerated for two anda half years, went to two long-term residential rehabs for a total of three years, worked as a substance abuse counselor for six years, and has been clean off drugs for the last thirteen. His memoir Gun, Needle, Spoon follows his desperately out of control life from punk rock pioneer to his slide into drug abuse and life as an armed robber, all the way through to life in recovery and what it’s like to look back on those times, knowing all the while that he is still under the threat of three strikes, a twenty-five-to-life prison sentence waiting. He has no choice but to deal with it all drug free.

Gun, Needle, Spoon has just been published and receiving rave reviews, Patrick O’Neil, currently on a nationwide tour will join us for the next edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about his new book and life on the road for a noted author.

Life Elsewhere airs every Sunday at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

Reminiscing with Glyn & Mac

Rock ‘n’ roll fans will not want to miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere when Norman B reminisces with two pivotal figures whose legendary careers took off in 1060’s London. One of rock’s most famous engineers and producers, the inimitable, Glyn Johns talks about his just-released autobiography, Sound Man, where he chronicles recording classic hits for The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Faces, The Eagles,and Eric Clapton, his dislike of Brian Jones, drugs, and who he would still like to work with.

In the second half of the program, Norman B continues his exclusive interview with Ian McLagan, the legendary keyboard player with the Small Facesand Faces, who went on as a backing player with The Rolling Stones. Mac has also played in the studio and on stage with an extraordinary list of rock and roll luminaries. You’ll hear Mac recall hearing the Stones for the first time, believing he was about to see an American blues band. He talks about his one-time manager the infamous Andrew Loog Oldham, a notable figure who also shows up in  Glyn Johns story. Plus, Norman B asks Ian McLagan to select his Hit That Never Was. See if you can guess what it will be.

Music lovers, cultural aficionados, history buffs and everybody who enjoys engaging interviews with celebrated guests will not want to miss these interviews. Below a preview of Norman B’s conversations with Glyn Johns and Ian McLagan.

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Marvin & Bob & Theresa & Eric & Gary & Ted & Robert

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In the latest edition of Life Elsewhere a listener wrote in to ask us to play for the Hit That Never Was, the Marvin Gaye classic, Let’s Get It On remixed and reworked to the rhythm of Bob Marley’s equally classic, Waiting In VainThe phone-lines, the texts and emails flooded in with rapturous applause for what has to be a unique melding of two genres of music. Can there be anything comparable? We’d like to know, send your unique Hit That Never Was suggestion to hitthatneverwas (at) lifeelsewhere (dot) co

The Marvin & Bob mash-up fitted perfectly into a bumper-packed program starting with Theresa Argie, the co-author of America’s Most Haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places.  Theresa told us about some of her favorite haunted places and Norman B recounted his experience with a ghost in Livingstone, Montana. Next we heard from Eric Kaplan, comedy writer and co-producer of The Big Bang Theory who explained to Norman B why his new book is called Does Santa Exist? This was followed by the Hit That Never Wasand a Life Elsewhere exclusive interview with Gary Wright. Best known for his 1976 hit songs Dream Weaver and Love Is Alive and for his role in helping establish the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music.Gary has just written a book, aptly titled Dream Weaver with the subtitle, A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison. Finally, we turned our attention to Florida Amendment 2 with our two experts, pro-legalization advocate and attorney, Ted Corless and eco farmer and horticulturist, Robert Tornello. Both guests passionately explained why they believe voting Yes on Amendment 2 is vitally important.

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Dream Weaver, Haunted America, Santa’s Existence, Marvin & Marley plus Amendment 2 Redux

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Gary Wright best known for his 1976 hit songs Dream Weaver and Love Is Alive and for his role in helping establish the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music has just written a book, aptly titled Dream Weaver with the subtitle, A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison, Norman B explores all of these topics and more in his exclusive interview with Gary Wright.

Halloween may just have passed but here at Life Elsewhere it’s never too late to talk about ghosts and ghouls and haunted houses. So what could be better than to learn from Theresa Argie, the co-author of America’s Most Haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places.

Eric Kaplan tells Norman B about an encounter with a neighborhood mother who worried about reindeer-induced questions when their respective children were to go on a field trip to the zoo. This led the comedy writer and co-producer of The Big Bang Theory to tackle a tough question, Does Santa Exist? and write a book with that title.

This week’s Hit That Never Was features a  Marvin Gaye classic, Let’s Get It On remixed and reworked to the rhythm of Bob Marley’s Waiting In Vain.

Plus, Life Elsewhere presents Florida Amendment 2 Redux, with just one day to go before the midterm elections, we invited back to Life Elsewhere, pre-eminent litigation attorney and pro-legalization advocate Ted Corless to explains the legal ramifications of Amendment 2 and Eco Farmer and Expert Horticulturist, Robert Tornello to share his thoughts on the realities of growing cannabis, pesticides and the importance of safety in medicinal cannabis production.

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Florida Amendment 2 – Expert Opinions – Podcast Available Now!

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Life Elsewhere’s important discussion on Florida Amendment 2 is now available for download. We assembled a panel of experts to offer their opinions. Joining the conversation were Cathy Jordan, who has ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease and her husband Bob who has been growing marijuana to ease his wife’s suffering. Pre-eminent litigation attorney and pro-legalization advocate Ted Corless explains the legal ramifications of Amendment 2. Ted is also the host of Newsmunchies and a frequent Life Elsewhere contributor. Greg Gerdeman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology at Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida, teaches courses in Cell Biology, Human Physiology, Receptor Pharmacology and Neuroscience, talks about his studies as a neurophysiologist with expertise in the endocannabinoid system and mechanisms of drug reward and addiction. Medical Marijuana Researcher Suzanne Sisley M.D. with a practice in Arizona and known nationwide as the Principal Investigator for the only FDA-approved randomized controlled trial looking at the use of medical marijuana to alleviate treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), tells why she supports Amendment 2. Distinguished neurologist at University of Southern Florida and Tampa General Hospital, Juan R. Sanchez-Ramos M.D. Ph.D, lends his expertise to the discussion. Plus, Eco Farmer and Expert Horticulturist, Robert Tornello shares the realities of growing cannabis, pesticides and the importance of safety in medicinal cannabis production. You’ll also hear this week’s Hit That Never Was, Ganja Farmer by Marlon Asher, selected by three loyal listeners who work in a big-box store.

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