Perry Farrell (born Peretz Bernstein on 29 March 1959) is the frontman for the alternative rock band Jane's Addiction. Farrell created the touring festival Lollapalooza as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction in 1991; it has since evolved into an annual destination festival. Farrell continues to produce Lollapalooza with partners William Morris Agency and C3. Farrell has led the alternative rock groups Porno For Pyros and Satellite Party.
Another man who had a profound effect on my life has come to pass. Dr. Dorian Paskowitz; who practiced ocean wellness and medicine died at the age of 93. As a teen learning to surf in Miami we immersed ourselves in the surf lifestyle. Doc had a column in Surfer Magazine. He spoke about the ocean as being an integral component to one's health regimen. Living on the beach in San Onofre with his 8 children and wife, living out his dream in a converted bus. I also dreamt of living on the California coast, chilling with a smile like a dolphin's. I would eventually move there- become friends with his children and meet Doc. He was the most loving guy ever- but his constitution made him a bit ominous. Being around him felt like being in the elements of nature. He practiced medicine- but would not except money for his services. He kept his children from the public school system; sighting that there was a great difference between knowledge and wisdom (he later recanted his opinions). All his children are enchanted. Enchanted by his essence- and his wife Juliette.
The doctor needed a ride: So I picked him up in a brand new BMW 760 LI. Was so proud to show up in that beautiful machine- a young jewish surfer who had made good for himself. That's what I was. He got into the car with his son Jonathan- began looking around. His head swiveling up and down- round and round. He says "Perry- is this Your car?" "Yyepp" I answered. and a silent pause.. Wow, I think he's impressed? "Get rid of it." "What"? "Get rid of it". "Do you know what these guys did to us in the war? " This company made this and that.....". I drove on looking out into space and beyond. I didn't have a word to put into my mouth- because I knew I wasn't going to sell this car- I loved the car...
I love the Paskowitz family also very much. The house of Peretz is mourning Doc's passing. All of us hope to know you all better- as friends- even as business partners. Please share with us the rare essence of Doc that you all posses.
Thursday 13th of November 2014 02:21:14 AM
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I've really been enjoying life lately. Perhaps it's the gorgeous California weather we've been having. Warm enough to sit outside smoking Cuban cigars and read on my balcony. It may be the fact that I've been off the road for a while and enjoying my family and home life- having toured for the most part of the last 5 years. I feel grounded; caught up with current events. Slowed down enough to be aware of the date and time- able to properly plan birthday parties. Even do homework with my boys. Today in history: The Berlin Wall came down 25 years ago. I am excited to go visit there this coming September- as Lollapalooza brings the party to Berlin. Yes Berlin- with 10,000 resident artists transformed the city into one of the most interesting cities in the world. I'm interested to know who these guys are in the fezzes? Maybe I'll see them at Lolla this summer...
Monday 10th of November 2014 01:43:59 AM