Friday, August 30, 2013

ACID KING Guest Post and Giveaway!

Four long-estranged friends from London's turbulent Sixties scene of sex, drugs and rock and roll are thrown together after seventeen years when one of them accidentally discovers the secret identity of their betrayer; a man they knew only as The Acid King, a charismatic figure who orchestrated a weekend of alluring drugs ending with a bust, jail time and death.
  • What the friends don’t know is that a New York FBI Agent, another old enemy of the Acid King, has been on a long frustrating manhunt of his own, driven by the same rage for revenge.  Until, by coincidence, he discovers the mystery man’s hidden Los Angeles location and tracks him to his lair. Resulting in a dangerous confrontation that puts lives, both guilty and innocent, on the line.
  • The Acid King is the thinly veiled story of the famous Redlands drug bust of 1967; an event that put Mick Jagger and Keith Richards behind bars and nearly destroyed the world’s most famous rock band. All orchestrated by an unidentified man who set them up and then disappeared.
  • By a strange twist of fate the Author (former film agent for Mick Jagger) met the Acid King in Los Angeles and became involved with him for several years, never knowing who he really was, until her friend Marianne Faithfull (former lover of Jagger) surprisingly identified him.

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Enjoy this guest post from author Maggie Abbott! 


         I was a busy agent in the London office of Creative Management Associates when the drug bust at the heart of my story The Acid King shook up our lives.  We had an exclusive list of star clients, with Steve McQeen, Paul Newman and others, all making  Hollywood movies in Europe. The Rolling Stones were clients too – and we were aiming to put them all together in a movie of The Clockwork Orange, but resistance from major studios was hard to beat, and producer Si Litvinoff instead made a deal with Stanley Kubrick for the movie we all know.

         Mick and Keith were good friends, so of course I got all the dramatic phone calls following the bust, with ceaseless conversations about what could have happened.  Who was this guy, David Snyderman, who called himself “The Acid King”?  How had he infiltrated their circle?  Who did he know?  The mystery was never solved, and he vanished, so the London newspapers called him Mister X, and the painful court appearances went on without him as a witness, resulting in Mick and Keith getting a few days in prison. But there was no question our lives were changed, the carefree sixties were over.

         My colleague Sandy Lieberson and I went on to put together the movie starring Mick Jagger called Performance — and the edgy times continued.

About Maggie:

The Acid King tells the fictionalized story of what she imagined could have happened afterwards. Maggie Abbott started writing novels when she moved to Palm Springs after a long, successful show business career in Los Angeles, London, Rome, and New York. A casual job as a secretary at the William Morris Agency in Rome introduced her to the exciting scene of Cleopatra, Fellini's  and The Pink Panther, with the city's influx of big stars calling by the office every day, and triggered her lifelong love affair with movies. Over the years, Maggie has enjoyed being in the most interesting places at the best of their times, while working as the movie agent for some exciting stars:  Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Charlotte Rampling, Jacqueline Bisset, Martin Sheen, Raquel Welch, Christopher Plummer, Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Peter Sellers, Richard Chamberlain, Peter O'Toole, Britt Ekland, Ken Russell, John Boorman, and many more. Somewhere in between, Maggie was the production assistant on three Broadway plays, and a producer and studio executive at Columbia Pictures where she developed and got production credits on two movies. Follow the Book Tour The tour prize is a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Please fill out the form below to enter. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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