I had the opportunity to talk with an amazing group of writers and artists and friends who shared their voices, stories, and perspectives on camera. They include: (links are in purple)
His books include Written in My Soul, Last of the Moe Haircuts, U2 at the End of the World, the novels A&R, New Bedlam, and Evening's Empire. He is Executive Vice President/Editorial Director of MTV. He oversees VH1 Storytellers, and shows, specials, concerts, and magazine articles way too numerous to mention. He is also the on-air pop culture and music essayist for CBS Sunday Morning. Bill has co-written songs with Robin and helped pen cartoons with Asa. Bill on Charlie Rose
For 30 years, Lembo has gone from being “the kid with the van” to starting his own record label (Funzalo Records), a management company (Mike’s Artist Management) and a publishing company (Funzalo Publishing). Since managing Robin Lane he has managed, distributed, and handled an astounding array of musicians and bands, nationally, internationally, across all media. Lembo is a force of nature, but a teddy bear, really.
Best known is the award winning writer/director of the best film of 2007 (if I do say so myself) - Michael Clayton. Tony was also a talented and committed guitarist during his salad days in Boston. Since developing greater common sense, and finding his gift, he has gone on to write The Cutting Edge (1992) Dolores Claiborne, The Devil's Advocate, Armageddon, Proof of Life, the Bourne films, Duplicity, and State of Play.
Robin B. has known Robin L. most of her adult life. He organized a wedding for her in his backyard in the mid 70's. He is a singer-songwriter and violinist who has won a Grammy, Emmy, an a Clio. He has had his songs sung by Whitney Houston, Judy Collins, and Paul Newman and created songs for causes from World Hunger Year and Save the Whales to Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. He helped advertising campaigns win nearly 1,000 awards with jingles like “I’m Lovin’ It” for McDonalds, “This is Beer” for Budweiser and “The Heartbeat of America” for Chevrolet.
Carla is a leading advocate for women in music, as well as a musician and veteran of the music business,. She is the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of the ground-breaking and award-winning ROCKRGRL (1994-2005), the only national publication for female musicians. She has organized several ROCKRGRL Music Conferences, and is a tireless advocate of woman's music, and a bastion of strength and support. She interviewed Robin at the Institute of Music Arts in 2009. She is also co-founder of with Robin of the nonprofit "Songbird Sings: Healing Trauma One Song at a Time.
Steve was the Boston Globe music critic for an astounding 30 years where he spoke with authority, clarity, and perspective becoming a defining voice and formative influence on the Boston music scene. There wasn't a musician in Boston who didn't open the paper to read his reviews.
Longtime Boston music reviewer and writer, and author of the book SOUND OF OUR TOWN: A HISTORY OF BOSTON ROCK AND ROLL. "Brett Milano has been such a long-standing poetic bystander of the Boston rock scene that this book flows like ecstatic feedback, with all the tasteful screeches, harangues and harmonics that mark a true believer." -- Amanda Palmer, The Dresden Dolls
Norma Coates is Assistant Professor at University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses include: cultural history; the links between popular music and other media, issues of subjectivity, especially gender, sexuality, race, and age, and popular music. She frequently reviews books about popular music for an assortment of journals and has published several articles about how gender is constructed by and in the material practices of popular music cultures.
WILLIAM (Baby John) FUQUA
We traveled all the way to Santa Fe, NM to talk to the remarkable Will, the first road manager for Neil Young's Crazy Horse back when young Miss Lane was ensconced in that scene. Will is filled with stories, memories, and is a wonderful artist and fabulous host!
Nettie and Robin had not seen one another in 40 years. They hung out during the wild, heady, and drug addled days of Sunset Strip, Crazy Horse, Owsley's Acid, and Happenings. Long time lover of Love's Arthur Lee, Nettie had stories of love and terror, and a unique relationship with Robin that speaks volumes about that time..
Asa has been called an icon of the Cambridge music scene. He came from Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers to Robin Lane's Chartbusters and has gone onto a prolific solo career as a unique singer and songwriter, as well as a painter and artist. "Asa Brebner is one of those prolific folks that stares at the world with a wry, cockeyed grin." - Northeast Performer
Peter's was a 'godfather' of the Boston folk scene where he performed as Half Man Half Tape in the 1970's. In the post-Club 47 era he worked regularly at the the legendary Casablanca, Back Room Idler, Jack's, Inn Square Men's Bar, Swifts, and Club Zircon with notables such as Ric Ocasic, Patty Larkin, Bill Morrissey, James Montgomery, Chris Smither, and Bonnie Raitt. Today he is a drug counselor, and has retired from music.
Michael is a recording engineer and music mixer in New York since 1982. His resume of CD's, movie soundtracks and TV scores, includes projects with Jackie Gleason, Maureen McGovern, Placido Domingo, Joe Perry & Aerosmith, Ken Burns, John Sayles, Paul McCartney, Muddy Waters Legendary Blues Band, Stanley Jordan, Tito Puente and The Mambo Kings, Shawn Colvin, John Forte (The Fugees), and "most lovingly, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters".
JOHNNY ANGEL WENDALL
Johnny Angel led punk and indie rock bands Thrills and the Blackjacks, as well as comic/performance art buffoons the Swinging Erudites and San Fran's Creeps in Exile. He has been a columnist for the Boston Phoenix, Bay Guardian and LA Weekly and more recently a talk show host on KTLK-AM 1150 and KFI 640 in Los Angeles,
Jocelyn is a professor of English in the LA area. She is an insightful and passionate observer of culture, reviewer, poet, as well as a dear freind.