In the 1980s, Boy George [Culture Club] contacted me to do cover version of "Spirit In The Sky' with his friend Marylin. What ensued was on of the most tragic and nightmare situation in my life. Filled with dishonest promises, shade and death of my closest friend. There's actually way more and an even deeper story that I'm holding on to, but this is insane.
Many of you know I managed the original Village People for 6 years, on the road. We toured the world [including communist East Berlin when the wall was up!]. I "re-produced" and recorded much of their live touring show and a few singles. There's just some of the insane stories from these 6 wonderful years.
I ran the LONGEST continuous running party in New York City history. It ran 15 years EVERY Sunday [sometimes in other locations] without fail. It was scandalous to say the least. Think of a topless go-go bar with make dancers, instead of girls. It was nuts! We decorated and remodeled the club, changed furniture, created installations, moved walls and seating around and ran special black out events. Gays, straights, celebrities, and the who's who of the New York underground scene descended upon my party, and boy oh boy do I have stories...!
It was a very popular record. It sold millions of copies worldwide. It was played everywhere from the streets of New York City, throughout Europe to clubs and mixtapes in communist Russia and China. Yet this record was recorded and mixed in my tiny bedroom studio in Brooklyn, New York. John Carter [Johnski from "The Freeze Force Crew"] was a neighbor, and a last minute decision, and one vocal take, made this record complete. Check out the back story on this Hip Hop Classic from 1985.
I've been very open about my past and the physical, mental and sexual abuse in y early years. It's left me with many psychological scars that I carried for over 50 years. Thanks to a specialist in therapy, I'm regaining my life back. My mother was schizophrenic and undiagnosed.
It's a story you've heard a million times. But it isn't ok. This story explains how and why I NEVER got paid for all those tracks many of you enjoy. After selling millions of records, some shady business dealings and crafty legal work blocked me from the successful business sales of my very own music.
I was a ADD child. it was called "hyperactive" back then. Sitting still in school was difficult for me, being a child of family abuse. I "cut" school and took the train from Brooklyn, to Manhattan to explore the city. As a young child, it was a wonderland of sights, sounds and places to visit to educate and expand my mind. Take a peek at life back then.
THIS IS SENSITIVE SUBJECT MATERIAL. MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR ALL VIEWERS. Posted to help survivors of abuse by telling my story. I ran away from home at the age of 14 years old. I was homeless in New York City, and that put a bullseye on my back for predators, child traffickers, pedophiles and opportunists.
I was lucky enough, not only to go to the infamous Studio 54 club in New York City, but I also had the RARE honor of performing there, not once, but twice ! Once for the Fiorucci 15 year party on May 19th 1983,
It was the 1970s and 1980s In New York City. If there was a major club or bar, chances the mafia had their hands involved. They offered "protection" from the police closing your business [in the form of cash payoffs]. The corruption was so extensive it was considered necessary to stay open. Eventually the mafia strong hold on clubs, gambling and liquor was stopped by the FBI, prosecutors and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Clubs, Bars, Sex Parties, Back Rooms, "In House" Drug Dealers, were all the norm in New York nightlife.
It was the 1980's and the music business was the wild west in many aspects. Many of the hit records I did, back then, was actually recorded in my "bedroom" studio. Once those records were made, they had to be promoted to the world. Listen to the crazy story that involved the "unethical" methods [including drug bribes] that the record label used to promote my music!
I post this in hope to help educate people on mental health success stories and help others that are suffering. No shame in Mental Health and to those that suffer, you are not alone, and can have relief. Just ask, there is a way to a better life.