I’ve written in the past about music from Laurel Canyon, and also about P.F. Sloan, a very peculiar character. The other day I was listening to a CD called Mayor of the Sunset Strip, featuring selections by Rodney Bingenheimer. Until I looked him up, I hadn’t realised that the CD came from a movie of the same name.
It is weird stuff. Rodney had a difficult childhood and then started out as simply a music fan, though a fanatical fan. He doubled for Davy Jones of the Monkees, and eventually became a famous DJ at KROQ. The list of musicians with whom he mixed is endless. Rodney is sort of a bridge between the famous and the non-famous. The movie also features Kim Fowley, who looks like a thoroughly devious and nasty person.
At first I thought the whole ‘Mayor’ movie was a wind-up, but you couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried.