By Slim Jim Phantom
In June 1980, 19-year-old James McDonnell (known as slender Jim Phantom) boarded a airplane from manhattan urban to London along with his youth associates and bandmates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker. In below a 12 months, they went from being homeless, hungry, and dwelling in punk rock squats to the toast of the London song scene.
The Stray Cats constructed a signature sound and magnificence that swept internationally, published multiplatinum albums, and have been embraced and befriended via vintage rock acts just like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, in addition to unique punk heroes akin to the intercourse Pistols, the Damned, and the conflict, and rock-and-roll originators Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. After ten years of marriage to actress Britt Ekland, narrow Jim moved down the hill to sundown Strip, the place his son used to be raised and he owned the world-famous rock-and-roll bar Cat membership whereas carrying on with to play with a bunch of recognized musicians.
Slim Jim, a veteran of the London and l. a. track scenes, recounts in his memoir not only the Stray Cats' upward push yet a unique kind of lifestyles spent within the top echelon of rock-and-roll stardom.
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