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A Stray Cat Struts: My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel

James McDonnell

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01 Aug 2016
288 pages - 210 x 139 x 25mm

In June 1980, 19-year-old James McDonnell (known as Slim Jim Phantom) boarded a plane to the U.K. with his childhood friends and bandmates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker. In less than a year, they went from being homeless, hungry, and living in punk rock squats to the toast of the London music scene.

The Stray Cats released double-platinum records and scored worldwide success, embraced by classic rock acts like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and The Who, as well as original punk heroes such as the Sex Pistols, the Damned, and the Clash. After ten years of marriage to actress Britt Ekland, he moved to Los Angeles' Sunset Strip where he raised his son and owned world famous nightclub the Cat Club, while continuing to play with a host of well-known musicians.

A veteran of the London and LA music scenes, Slim Jim's memoir recounts not just the Stray Cats' rise but a life spent in the upper echelon of rock 'n roll stardom.

The first-ever memoir by a member of the Stray Cats, featuring stories of a rock 'n roll life, friendships with icons like George Harrison and Keith Richards, and marriage to Britt Ekland.

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