This note comes from from Elaine Drummond, who I’ve know since she was a young teenager in Florida back in the ‘60s. I mentioned that I might have an agent in Hollywood representing “The Death of Johnny Ace” and “Growing Up Levittown.” She wrote back, “Oh, I do hope, “The Death of Johnny Ace” is made into a movie. It has that feel from the first page.” A lot of readers have told me “Johnny Ace,” should be a movie, but it’s so hard getting representation that I didn’t think much of it, until recently when scanning a list of agents on the West Coast I came across someone I knew, a fellow who I worked with over 20 years ago on two failed projects. I didn’t realize he was still in business.
The first of the two failed projects was a bio of Motown singer Mary Wells. The endless tapes of my interviews with Mary I gave to Peter Benjaminson for his book on the Motown singer. The second failed project was bio of porn star John Holmes. My notes and sources were ripped off by a Rolling Stone writer. Holmes’ life was the basis for the movie “Boogie Nights.”