My career has been as a novelist and screenwriter. But when I came to LA decades ago, I really wanted to be a rock and roll star. Who didn’t? Since then I’ve always tried to blend my music and writing when I can. My first attempt was when I submitted a screenplay with a custom made leather cover. The cover included a pouch on the front big enough to hold a cassette tape that included songs I’d written for the screenplay.
It was 1964 and I was a freshman in high school. The Beatles had just exploded on the scene with “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” The two main fan bases in the U.S. were Beatles fans and Dave Clark Five fans. I had to be different. I liked the Stones because I liked the Chuck Berry tune (“Come On”) they did on an EP before “Satisfaction” changed the world in ‘65.
Check out this music video of Tom Petty’s “Refugee” by ZK (Paul Zollo and Barry Keenan). Paul is a singer/songwriter, Editor for American Songwriter, and the author of many music books, including “Conversations with Tom Petty.” Barry is a well-known musician and songwriter and leader of the band Invisible Poet Kings.