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.
People that I really looked up to have died recently. Jay Adams, Robin Williams, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. But there was a man by the name of Peter Grosslight who was the president of William Morris Music Word Wide who just passed away from pancreatic cancer. He was the best talent agent on the earth. Really was. The world is less as the result of his death. I realized from Peter's passing that there are some men who are just blessed with abilities above others. It's not a matter of working harder. It's savwafair. Peter ran WME effortlessly. He was wise and calm. I never saw him act defeated or angry. He drank in his office and smoked hard the whole time I knew him. That may have been our common ground. He took a real joy creating Lollapalooza with Marc Geiger and I. I looked forward to our meetings sitting around the big table every week. Always listened to my wild ideas and thought about how they could work out. You could count on an honest- thought out assessment. It didn't hurt me too badly when he said something was not doable. He understood entertainment law better than anyone I've ever met. We were strange partners in that he was a lawyer, 15 years my senior; wore pink or yellow sweaters with pleated pants. Loved playing golf and hunting pheasant. We would have dinners together every once in a while at his suggestion. At the end his life- his whole family joined us. Yes Peter Grosslight is irreplaceable. So I have reached a big conclusion tonight. If there is no one living who can replace Peter, I will just have to grow up now and aspire to be the man he was. The truth is I haven't tried as hard as I could have. I haven't cared as much as I should have. Now is the time.
Saturday 30th of August 2014 04:45:22 AM
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This is a picture of Jay Adams- one of the original Z Boys of Dog Town. It incapsulates his spirit 100%. The 1970's, Jay and his crew are attacking a pool. You can see the coping coming up from Jay grinding on it so hard. This photo is miles beyond what other humans were doing at that time on wheels. In Venice Beach California- they were creating an extreme sport but there were no rules or regulations yet. It was just a pure adrenalin outlet. I keep this picture of Jay at the foot of my fireplace. He died this morning. I keep the photo of Jay for me and my boys to see every day. To see the look in his eyes- his fist; his mouth. Wild. Defiance. The first time we met he was so happy he licked my face and laughed. You don't forget meetings like that I assure you. Jay Adams was a true American hero. It's a sad sad day today in Venice....
Friday 15th of August 2014 04:47:54 PM