Kim Fowley rocked an industry as a salesman of unruly sounds

January 19, 2015 2:17 PM

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Those looking to understand Kim Fowley's philosophy of rock 'n' roll salesmanship can get a sense by how he described hawking songs here in the early 1960s, when he was racing through the city as a twentysomething hipster/huckster looking to make a mark.

Fowley, who died on Thursday at age 75, was speaking to writer Barney Hoskyns for his essential book on Los Angeles pop music, "Waiting for the Sun." Recalling his early years in what Hoskyns dubbed the "capitalism a go-go" music scene at the dawn of the rock 'n' roll era, Fowley described thriving ...

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