Sometimes you get a chance to meet and talk to someone that truly is a wealth of information. Danny Dorman, guitarist/bassist, is one of those people. He is almost like a guy that these young kids getting into punk should be required to talk with after they finish reading American Hardcore. Danny has played with some of the biggest and best names in punk rock and isn’t slowing down.
Last week I ask Danny about the bands he played with and some of the albums he recorded. This week I decided to ask him about late author and punk rocker, Eddie Little.
1. Sometime in late 2002, early 2003, you met Eddie Little. Tell us a bit about that meeting.
Ok I met Eddie Little in the detox ward of Tarzana treatment center, I was in there kicking a 7 year methadone habit with speedballs and benzos on top, and Eddie Little came in off pretty much the same thing.
2. Did you and Eddie cross paths outside of rehab? Did he see you perform?
I remember meeting him at the La Luz de Jesus gallery a while before that, one of his books just came out. I don’t know if he’s seen me play before.
3. Did Eddie ever share any of his writings with you?
No, I remembered him from the LA weekly, and when it was visiting time and my pal Stan came to visit me, he was also getting a visit, and Stan asked him about that movie “Another Day in Paradise” and there was a joke about the Flintstones he wanted to him to tell us.
4. Eddie Little was a big music fan, he dug everybody from Blue Cheer, Ramones, Lou Reed to Kris Kristofferson. Did you and Eddie talk much about music?
We did, he and I were listening to my 45 Grave tape, I still had cassettes and they have this ghetto blaster on the grassy knoll, anyone who’s been to Tarzana Treatment Center, knows what I’m talking about, and we listened to Bowie, The Dickies, and the Stones, we played a lot of poker and ate tons of candy.
He and I were kicking opiates so it was mostly soaking in a hot tub, as hot as it will go with no cold water at all, or wrapped in blue blankets crawling out of our skin, and smoking a lot of cigarettes.
He allegedly smuggled in benzos (kalonopin) and they were testing him daily, and he mounted a protest not to kick him out saying,”Benzos stay in your system for 3-4 weeks,” but they were not buying it, I think his test levels were going up, they finally asked him to pack and go.
5. Do you recall the last time you saw Eddie?
The last time I saw him, was when he left TTC, he called me on a payphone they have there in the grass area, asking me if I knew anyone that can get him in somewhere to kick, he said he was living under the freeway bridge, his ol lady won’t take him in, I suggested “CRY Help,” a year after I got out, I heard he died of an overdose, he was too cool for the rooms for him to stay clean very long.
6. A while back you were telling me about how Eddie was trying to rush you out of the tub, tell us about that.
I don’t remember that but I do remember he washed his socks in the sink and dried them in the microwave at 4am in the day room, probably still smells like dirty socks!
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