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September's Good Read

Sep 6, 2011

“Wonderland Avenue – Tales of Glamour and Excess”
By: Danny Sugarman

This is the autobiography of Danny Sugerman, Jim Morrison’s protégé and one-time manager of The Doors and then Iggy Pop. It is also an account of heroin addiction and the madness of life in the LA rock ‘n’ roll scene.

Overview

Danny Sugarman’s fascinating account from growing up a rich kid with a mean stepfather in Beverly Hills, being introduced to The Doors and working as a gofer/press agent in the band’s office headquarters, to almost dying from the drugs that consumed his life after Jim Morrision’s death. Danny describes these years on a street called Wonderland Avenue where Ray Manzarek, Iggy Pop and Danny lived together in a house perched in Laurel Canyon. He also includes other celeb names who were among Sunset Strips music scene of life-in-the-fast-lane, among them Mackenzie Phillips, who he drives to the ER after she stops breathing from an OD. Danny writes it honestly and this book is a hard one to put down. A ‘must read’ for any Doors fan, and anyone who wants a look at what can happen when you get caught up in this lifestyle, from a real insider who almost didn’t make it out alive.

-courtesy of Amazon.com

~Submitted by Ashley Smith