Date: September 11th 2016
Guest Location: UK: London
Gary Lachman is the author of more than a dozen books on the meeting ground between consciousness, culture, and the western inner tradition.
As Gary Valentine he was a founding member of the pop group Blondie and he recounts his memoirs of that time in
New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation with Blondie, Iggy Pop, and Others 1974-1981 (2nd edition Thunders Mouth Press 2006)
He wrote the groups’ first single “X-Offender” and his song “(I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear” was a top 10 hit in the UK and Europe. In 1978 as Gary Valentine, he released a single “The First One,” and from ’78 to 1980 fronted his own group, The Know, who in 1980 released a single “I Like Girls” with Planet Records. In 1981 he was a guitarist for Iggy Pop on two North American tours. In 1996-97 he took part in the Blondie reunion, performing at festivals and recording. In 1998-2000 he fronted a second group, Fire Escape, and in 2003 released a CD Tomorrow Belongs to You containing unreleased early recordings with the Know as well as material from his time with Fire Escape. In 2006, despite all his efforts, I was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame.
Since 1996, I have lived in London where I am a full time writer, contributing to the Fortean Times, Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Gnosis, Mojo, EnlightenNext, Lapis, Sunday Times and other journals in the UK and US. He lectures regularly in London and abroad, is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 3 and 4, have appeared in several television documentaries on the history of the counterculture, and his work has been translated into German, French, Czech, Russian, Italian, Finnish, Norwegian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Turkish.
His latest book, Beyond The Robot, is a biography of the late Colin Wilson.