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Barry - great book !
Created Byxeaionescu
Created DateMon, Jun 16, 2008
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xeaionescuSubjectBarry - great book !
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Hi, Barry,

I'm new to the chat group and I've just finished reading your book, so I want to congratulate you for the extraordinary accomplishment.

I loved it, very touching and very interesting written. All the history facts are well combined with the story.

I'm writing to you (and all the other members as well) because once I closed the book, a particular issue remained with a big question mark in my head.
It's kind of strange that nobody in the family agreed to give information/support for your project.....I mean your book wasn't trying to stain River's memory by any means, au contraire, I find the book very positive and even adulating, so this doesn't make a click in my mind...... I can understand that they were fed up with all the fuzz created by the media back then but anyways......it's been long enough so that all the good stuff River did to be remembered and praised! Or maybe a feeling of guilt/shame embracing them all ???.....I tried to figure out why they (especially his mother) didn't co-operate with you. I mean there's no doubt in my mind that they were devastated but still why ? It would have been for a good cause. I would love to have your opinion as well.

You really don't depict specifically your phone conversation with River's father - I wonder how it went talking to him and how did you feel him ?

I saw Final 24 on Discovery and I can tell - really bad reconstruction film. The actor playing River has absolutely nothing in common with River - anyways, whomever did they chose, he wouldn't have been up to River. Also it's funny they didn't mention Frusciante, there's a lot of Flea in the episode but no Frusciante ?!? - Barry, it was also a delicate subject for you, too. And yes it's strange: they all knew it was Frusciante that gave River the drugs but they all remained meaningfully silent - in your opinion what do you think it could had been done against him?


I don't know you guys but as far as I am concerned, even if the book was lovely, I feel I can't get enough of this amazing, uplifting and inspiring RIVER - you remain fascinated and somehow frustrated that " that's all "........you expect much more !



For you Barry, congratulations! Really, it was a nice journey!

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BARRYSubjectRe: Barry - great book !
PostedSun, Jul 13, 2008 03:38PM GMTMethodWeb-Site
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You really don't depict specifically your phone conversation with River's father - I wonder how it went talking to him and how did you feel him ?
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I had a lovely conversation with John Phoenix while I was in Montezuma.
I went there specifically to see the area River and the family had visited and lived. At the time I was not writing the book so I did not take specific notes or bring my recorder along.
I was there 5 days, I foolishly thought I had plenty enough time to meet John at one of the only 2 bars that he frequented.Both bar tenders told me that John comes in here all the time. But after not seeing him, on the fourth day I decided to call him.
You have to also keep in mind that I have a friend who knows Summer and she knew I was going to Montezuma, so Summer told my friend that I could tell her dad Hi for her and tell him that she was coming coming down to visit in a few months. It was something to break the ice with so to speak.

There was only one public phone to make local calls with in the whole town so I had to get in line and wait. Soon my call was put thru and I was talking to Rivers father. we talked for about seven minutes, about why I was in costa Rica, a bit about me, Summers message then John said that he would like to meet me but was away tomorrow, which was my last day there. We could have met in person on the 5th day but that was the day I was leaving.
My thought was that John was very friendly, nice person and I am sure being from the same generation and state we would have hit it off quite nice.

Cheers, BARRY
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xeaionescuSubjectRe: Barry - great book !
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Thank you, Barry for your reply.

Being such a friendly person (John) why didn't you consider to revisit him for the book, maybe you could have gained more information ?.....

Anyways, I'm planning to visit Costa Rica next year, who knows maybe I'll bump into him some time there and I'll send him greetings from you......just joking, Barry :-))
I'm not a stalker.....

Though, you made me so curious about those secrets you've been told about the Phoenix-es!

all the best
xea
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BARRYSubjectRe: Barry - great book !
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Hi, XEA:
Well you may just run across him. If you went to Montezeuma
there are only two bars in town and he goes to booth, though as I remember he favored the Hotel Montezuma bar which is the last building at the corner right next to the beach.He as of last year had a band that played locally and in malpais so maybe you could ask about them.
Montezuma is a very charming town stuck in the 60's.
If Barbara MacGregor still owns the Finca Los Caballos B&B across the road and down from Johns place, she may be able to update you.

BARRY
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xeaionescuSubjectRe: Barry - great book !
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Hi, Barry

I was on holidays and I would like to thank you for giving me this info. I will keep you posted, once I get there....hope it'll be next year.

all the best!
xea
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