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Seven Questions with Rich Wysockey and Marty Poole; 'Venice Beach Heart & Soul' Photographer and Writer

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Today's subjects are Rich Wysockey and Marty Poole.

Rich is a professional photographer. Marty is a screenwriter. The two guys share a passion for Venice Beach and decided to preserve the city they love with a coffee table book titled, Venice Beach Heart & Soul: 30 Years of Street Performing. The self-published book, which is available for sale on their Web site - along with LA area Barnes & Noble stores, The Patio, Plantation, Hennessey & Ingalls, Small World Books and other Venice-area stores, was a two-year long passion project that features gorgeous photos and in-depth interviews with Venice's legendary street performers like Harry Perry, Mad Chad, the Calypso Tumblers and Glass Man (Huba-Huba!). As the title suggests, Rich and Marty successfully capture the heart and soul of the talented people who make Venice Beach one of the greatest tourist attractions in the world.

Rich and Marty met with LAist to further discuss the book and the street performers who made the whole project possible.