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An interview with Van Morrison

Ritchie Yorke, Stage Life, June 1977

HEAD THE HOLLYWOOD WHEELS westward along Sunset Blvd., out past the "Riot House" hotel, the Rainbow, the Roxy, the record company offices entwined on either side of the Strip, the Beverly Hills hotel where the Eagles shot their Hotel California album jacket picture, lawn sprinklers tinkling in the blast of sunshine, serpent-like vines winding around giant palm trees, radio KHJ throbbing in the dashboard, and eventually you arrive in the suburb of Brentwood located halfway between the Pacific Ocean at Malibu and the Hollywood hills. It's stuck right in the middle, flanked on one side by Beverly Hills, the other Santa Monica. It appears to be a community of those who've almost made it to the top of their chosen professions...the "look out buddy, here I come" syndrome, panting up the path to profits unlimited, enacting the grand old Hollywood dream of a potential goldmine just around the next corner.

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