‘The Ghost of James Dean’ by Roy ‘Oily’ Phillips

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The world was so, so different then in the early 80s. It was still a big adventure for anyone to travel to some remote, odd places and lap up all the feelings at that particular time and place. It’s been over 30 years since that time. And it’s a strange, blurry, even surreal thing — with pictures coming into my head and other things flashing by like, you say, the smell of something, etc. But it really is the mystery of it all that still means the most. I went there, I stayed there, and I’m still here. Memories come back again, be it they are very shadowy … a bit film noir, in fact …

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‘Oily’ is how I sign my cheques and everybody calls me ‘Oily.’ It came from my messing with Triumph motorbikes as a kid, so it was ‘Royly Oily’ and it…

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An Interview with Steve Rowland

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Steve Rowland has worked as an actor, singer, columnist, and record producer. As an actor he appeared on such television shows The Rifleman, Bonanza, and The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp as well as countless others, and graced the silver screen in the films Crime in the Streets, Battle of the Bulge, Gun Glory, and The Thin Red Line. He was the lead singer of the band The Family Dogg. Steve also appeared in the academy Award Winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man,  dealing with the disappearance and re-a merging of the artist known as Rodriguez, due to being producer on his second album, Coming From Reality, the music from which made up half of the film’s sound track. Steve’s work as a producer led…

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An Interview with J. David Nall

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What was it like growing up in Indiana when you did? What are some of your most fond memories of that time?

I remember with great fondness being part of the Fairmount High School basketball team. I say part because by the time the season started I had been eliminated from the team. I was definitely not an athlete! However, we had a really great coach and before he cut me from the team, he went up to my Mother’s classroom and told her that it was going to happen. He then asked her how she might feel if he offered me the position of “Student Manager.” (That is the individual who attends every game, hands the players a towel and water during time-outs, and washes their uniforms and jock straps) She said yes and frankly I loved the position. Thinking back, however, I realized this was an additional burden…

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