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Some background info about the story for my novel "WASTED."

May 10, 2016

 

 

 

When I was a teenager growing up in the 60's in Detroit, I actually worked (and performed) at the Grande Ballroom. I remembered hearing all sorts of sordid rumors about the tragic, drug-related murder of a pretty young, Grosse Pointe socialite that used to go there.  I never really knew her, but the way she supposedly died always stuck in the back of mind (sorry, no story spoilers yet).  I never really knew what was the truth or fiction,  but 40 years later the events inspired the novel "Wasted."   Detroit was a crazy place to live in those days, what with the riots, student protests, automobile strikes, drugs, anti-war campaigns and rock & roll, etc.   I took little pieces and memories of each of them and put them together to create the story line for the book.   Lots of fun.   Lots of research.   I hope it all pays off with the book being a success!

 

Note: The image above is what the Grande Ballroom stage now looks like 40 years later.   Hard to believe that's the same stage where I stood and watched groups like The Who, The Cream, Led Leppelin, The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck, Traffic, Joe Cocker and a hundred other talents perform.  The memories of it, of Uncle Russ, Tom Wright, Steve Kott, Dave Miller and dozens of other friends, will always be remembered.

 

 

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Please follow "@Wasted-TheNovel" --  Or @StevenFinly1   THANKS!!

 

 

The "Wasted" twitter site for my new novel is now up, so please give it a look and a "follow." Many thanks!

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