STRANGE CURES by Rob Zabrecky
YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD TO BUY THIS BOOK
Strange Cures is a turbulent, against-all odds memoir of self-discovery, success, failure, and reinvention, told by one of LA's most interesting natives. With an unflinching gaze, musician/magician/actor Zabrecky recounts his bizarre coming-of-age tale and his quest to find a place in the arts--and the world.
The author reveals a young life filled with both physical miracles and subversive role models, including an uncle who impersonated an FBI agent and, in a drunken delusion, shot and nearly killed him. He takes readers on a roller coaster ride through the nascent days of Silver Lake's music and art community, as seen through the lens of his critically acclaimed band, Possum Dixon.
We explore the left-of-center landscape of Jabberjaw, LA's independent coffee-house which featured the early talents of Nirvana and Beck; Zabrecky's own struggles with drug addiction, love, and recovery; and finally his re-emergence as a magician venturing into the sacred world of Hollywood's Magic Castle.
Strange Cures is a trip through the thrilling and hazardous landscape of Southern California at the close of last century. His story is a revelatory look inside the Los Angeles underground music world of the late 80s and early 90s--as seen through the alleys and doorways from a key insider.
"Strange Cures combines magic and music, knowledge and innocence, humor and pathos into a singular and unique narrative. His story is a weird and worthy subject. As is he." --Jason Alexander, actor, comedian, director
"Zabrecky's stories of growing up in 1970s and 80s San Fernando Valley are woven with the rich color and detail of Jean Shepherd's A Christmas Story. But instead of fun adventures with Santa Claus and the Bumpus hounds, this poor kid ends up "riding bitch between the tranny and the gangster." Oh, and of course he ends up getting shot by that gift-wrapped .22-caliber Winchester sporting rifle." --Chris Nichols, Los Angeles Magazine
"Zabrecky's memoirs are surprising, addictive, terrifying, magical. He careens through childhood, rock and roll, and popular entertainment by driving on the shoulder, passing on the right, and then playing bumper cars with the cold, hard truth. You're in for a fantastic ride." --Jim Steinmeyer, President of the Magic Castle, author, inventor