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Hollywood Park

by Mikel Jollett

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Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett
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    May 2020, 384 pages

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An indie rock musician reflects on his coming-of-age and his family's escape from a notorious California cult.

It is not unusual for members of indie rock bands to have had close brushes with substance abuse and rehabilitation programs. But the story Mikel Jollett, frontman for the Airborne Toxic Event, has to tell in Hollywood Park is far from usual. His earliest years were spent at Synanon, the famous-turned-infamous alcohol and drug rehabilitation commune/cult in California in the 1970s (see Beyond the Book), just as the situation there began to disintegrate.

Jollett's abilities as a narrative songwriter serve him well in the storytelling techniques he employs in this engrossing memoir. The first chapters cover Jollett's escape from Synanon with his brother and their mother Gerry in the dead of night with the help of her parents. He narrates as his four-year-old self, complete with stream-of-consciousness misinterpretations, misspellings and made-up words straight out of James Joyce's ...

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