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LAist Interview: Domenic Priore

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Southern California is lucky to have Domenic Priore, 45, as a native son. The author and documentary filmmaker has focused his considerable energy on documenting the heyday of the Sunset Strip music scene and Beach Boys hagiography resulting in books like his latest "Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece," which can be considered an adjunct to the documentary on Brian Wilson called "Beautiful Dreamer," and his upcoming book "Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood 1965/1966."

Today, we're running an interview with the author himself. Tomorrow, we will run an LAist Interview with Domenic as if he were a resident on the Sunset Strip in 1966.

Domenic will be discussing "Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece" at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena next Saturday, July 23, 2005 at. 3:00 PM. He'll be joined by Van Dyke Parks, Danny Hutton & Wilson collaborator Tony Asher at the reading. Go early, the reading at Book Soup last week attracted a large crowd.

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How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live

I was born in Pasadena, and grew up in Monterey Park during the '60s. East L.A. was a prominent influence; we celebrated when we heard Thee Midniters' "Whittier Blvd." I recently did a story about the early rock 'n' roll shows I witnessed in Monterey Park at Art Fein's website, including pictures of my band from 1969 (age 9!)... saw Surf bands... and Janis Joplin w/ Big Brother & the Holding Company. Read all that at

Why do you live in Los Angeles?

I'm a native, really, but moved out of L.A. for over 10 years to experience living in San Francisco and New York City. A great deal of my subject matter as a writer and documentarian is about L.A., because I feel it was fantastic at certain times, and it always gets short shrift. So currently, research here is crucial for me.