Containing Multitudes Since 2004
He looks crazed...
Well . . . it is Phil Spector
Who's that with him? Lou Adler?
No, that's Spector's longtime bodyguard, George Brand (he appears along with Spector in Hopper's Easy Rider), who had what must have been the strangest such assignment in all of showbiz. His job was essentially to protect other people from his employer. Like if ol' Phil started waving a gun around in the studio or something, Brand's job was to move in and get his boss out of there before someone got shot.I'm convinced that if Brand had been around in February, 2003 (he died some years back), Lana Clarkson would probably be alive today and that maniac wouldn't have to pay Bruce Cutler all those attorney's fees for trying to keep his scrawny ass out of the slammer.
Spector had stories floatin' around about his violent tendencies in the late '60s - I wondered how his people let him run loose, what were they thinking? He had the ugliest hair, too. I met Clarkson a coupla times at the ComicCon in Dago, and she was still a knockout, and funny, too. My pal even said he wondered why she dropped outta sight so precipitously. BCNU
I remember wondering when I read Tom Wolfe's essay on Spector in The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine Flake Streamline Baby how it was Wolfe caught just about everything about the guy (the insecurity, the narcissism, the true genuis) except for Spector's considerable violent streak. I have to assume that he held it in check for the duration Wolfe was covering him. It didn't prevent Spector from generating a couple of legendary anecdotes (the episode on the plane, for example), but you'd think Spector would have pointed a gun at Wolfe or something. Just for show if nothing else.
I've just re-read all the great comments here and also looked at the photo, the bodyguard is almost embracing Spector. Tom, I think you are right, I've heard the story of Spector with The Ramones for 'End of the Century' and guns being waved for comments about Ronnie Spector so maybe he wouldn't be on a murder charge if someone had protected him from himself. Incedentally music fans should check out 'Phils Spectre II: another wall of soundalikes' http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/B0009OBZ10.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
And let's not forget the British Phil Spector, Joe Meek, who also crossed the line of extreme human behaviour...
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