Across The Way Thread #22407
Question for Barry about his book
Created ByAnna M
Created DateWed, Jun 04, 2008
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Anna MSubjectQuestion for Barry about his book
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Hello all~

I have been a member of ATW for many years, though I only post things from time to time. I recently took my first trip to LA for a good friend of mine and it really got me thinking about River again. I am so fascinated by how unpleasant LA is in many ways, yet very intriguing in others. It got me thinking about River in this city and topics discussed in Barry's book. I read his book back in 2004, but re-read it for the first time recently when I got back from LA.

Barry, I have a few questions for you that I would really appreciate you giving insight on:

* It's hard for me to understand how River seemed both turned off by the hip, LA club and celebrity scene, yet visited trendy clubs and attended parties in the Hollywood hills (perhaps not frequently, but often enough). Why not go to more low key bars and parties? I suppose the answer is because he could and it was fun, and I also gather from your book that this was part of his paradoxical, so to speak, way of life.

* I see that some very close friends of River's agreed to speak openly with you (i.e. Matt Ebert, William Richert, Louanne). Do you know if any of the people you interviewed for the book received any kind of backlash or negative criticism from River's other friends and family? Or perhaps positive feedback?

* Did you speak to any of his girlfriends for the book, or were quotes from them from other interviews? Perhaps this is noted and I overlooked it.

* Did you find any interesting information about River after you already published the book?


Thank you for reading! I hope one day you will have to time to answer my questions.

Cheers,

Anna

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GaladrielSubjectRe: Question for Barry about his book
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I haven't read Barry's book yet. I'd like to know if it contains information about River's childhood experiences in the "Children of God" sect.
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karolingassnerSubjectRe: Question for Barry about his book
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Hello Barry,


Okay I will just write my questions in this topic, because the other person already asked some very interesting questions (and so we dont have to many topics with "barry or questions for barry)...

I hope I don?t ask to many questions. Feel free to ignore some of them, if you don?t wanna answer them. Some of them also really sound silly or might offend someone?If so I do apologise. They aren?t meant to offend someone, they are just some questions that came up while thinking about riv.

I apologise for my English and I hope you understand it anyway. not only my English can be confusing also my thoughts in general ?.

1. do you think john phoenix is his father?
2. do you think arlyn is his mother? (I know this sounds weird, but I just don?t see any similarities. Joaqu and Rain look like their father, liberty and summer like there mum?riv???)
3. do you think river maybe had a desease or something? Maybe aids or something else? Don?t ask me how I can think of something like that?just some thoughts?.since we all now that he wasn?t really into prevention and stuff..
4. why do you think his family doesn?t wanna talk about him anymore?
5.were you able to write every true thing about riv in your book, or were there some details that you couldn?t publish?
6.is there the whole interview of john phoenix in your book?
7.what do YOU think happened in the night of 31th October?
8.why are there so many different story of this night? Simply to confuse US?
9.who do you think gave riv the drugs? Or could it be that it was his own stuff anyway?
10.did you meet john frusciante? (I don?t link this question to the one before, although I know everyone knows the theory here?im just curious?what does he have to say?one fan once said that she talked to john about riv and that he was willing to talk about him?)
11.did you talk to rain? What did she say (im not sure if this is mentioned in your book).
12.are the phoenixes still in contact with john phoenix?
13.what is YOUR own personal opinion about river, his family and his friends?maybe also about his druguse, pressure and why keeping so many secrets?
14.do you think riv was depressive? Yeah I know everyone is saying he was happy, embraced life wanted to live?.but was there maybe this tiny but strong voice in his inner soul that was sad? What do you think in this case? My thought is that he wasn?t THAT happy (that there was only a side to him that was like that), that he actually was quite sad (at times?maybe not open, maybe not even to his family or friends a lot) because of what happened to him all his life?the things we know, the things we don?t know?
15.do you think this music will be released?ever?
16.on youtube sky ones said to someone who asked a question that the truth will come out. The other asked ?when? and sky answered ?in 1 year?. Do you know anything about this?
17.if you can talk about this, but what are will richerts thoughts on river? Besides ?he was generous, great, kind, loving, funny, shy?.?
18.do you think there is a chance that ?my own private Idaho? will be released again in theathers? I have the feeling that it would do so well and many people would know of riv and that he wouldn?t be the forgotten man of the 20th century. Now a crazy thought: maybe he would get even nominated for an oscar (because he was REALLY REALLY brilliant in mopi)?.
19.is will richerts still in contact with rivs family? Something tells me no.


okay loads of questions I know?of course I HOPE that you can answer every question, but I do understand if this isn?t possible (some of them are quite personal I guess).

Thank you anyway for reading my questions.
Also a very bib thank you for writing this book. It is really awesome?really sad too actually?

Take care
Peace
Karolin
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BARRYSubjectRe: Question for Barry about his book
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ANNA you wrote:
Barry, I have a few questions for you that I would really appreciate you giving insight on:

It's hard for me to understand how River seemed both turned off by the hip, LA club and celebrity scene, yet visited trendy clubs and attended parties in the Hollywood hills (perhaps not frequently, but often enough). Why not go to more low key bars and parties? I suppose the answer is because he could and it was fun, and I also gather from your book that this was part of his paradoxical, so to speak, way of life.
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You answered your own question. River was a movie star a big star and getting bigger, so was his girlfriend. What comes with this is the responsibility to :?be visible?. To attend events that the public will see you at, though he hated doing it.
And Parties? well he was young, knew lots of people and like a young adult he wanted to have fun too.
He loved music and musicians the most.
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I see that some very close friends of River's agreed to speak openly with you (i.e. Matt Ebert, William Richert, Louanne). Do you know if any of the people you interviewed for the book received any kind of backlash or negative criticism from River's other friends and family? Or perhaps positive feedback?
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Louann was worried Martha might be mad at her, but as Far as I have heard nothing bad has happened.
Interesting that no one I interviewed actually read my finished book. This may be because most of them read the chapters and sections I wrote about them, (before the book was published, I sent them all sections to edit) to be sure what I wrote about them and River was correct according to their personal point of view. So I guess since they already knew what was written about them , and that they knew Rivers story they did not care to read more. I'd like to think that they also trusted me, as I got to know them personally.
Many opened up and have since done interviews with other writers.
No one has told me they were sorry to have talked to me.
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Did you speak to any of his girlfriends for the book, or were quotes from them from other interviews? Perhaps this is noted and I overlooked it
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I did, but can not tell you which one. I promised I would not do so and I wont.
I was told several several Phoenix family secrets (nothing to do with River) that I felt is/ was their business only, If they want to talk about it they can it is up to them.
If things ever get out it wont be because of me.
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Did you find any interesting information about River after you already published the book?
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Not really, I found only a few minor mistakes, mostly some names misspelled or a page number wrong, but nothing to change the story or what i wrote.
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Thank you for reading! I hope one day you will have to time to answer my questions.

Cheers,
Anna
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You are welcome!
BARRY

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OdymullSubjectRe: Question for Barry about his book
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Hi Barry. By chance did you ever speak to or interview Sky Phoenix (George Swarorski (sp)?? He was supposedly River's right-hand-man and his room-mate when he passed away. Sky has several videos of River on You Tube from concerts they were in together to clips from movies they were in together.

Just wondering. Thanks! Ody
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