1981. I moved into my first Hollywood resdience, Crossroads Of The World.
Crossroads Of The World is located at 6671 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
Built in 1936 by Robert V. Derrah, Crossroads was one of the first open-aired
shopping centers in the United States.
Crossroads Of The World was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument
#134 on December 4, 1974.
It was also added as a U.S. Historic District in the U.S. National Register
of Historic Places on September 8, 1980.
It looks like an ocean liner surrounded by a small village of cottage-style
Today it's production offices, just as it it was when I landed at the
complex in June 1981.
"Crossroads" became one of the great California ROCKY HORROR
party locations of all time.
This is the first place that I "lived" in Hollywood, and it
was where we had our Transylvanian Party Castle.
And it's the place where I learned a LOT about people, poverty, and "the
Other than it being a place to stay in Hollywood, my living situation
pretty much sucked.
But it was also here that some wonderful things that happened to me.
I must admit, I did enjoy being recognized from our show even while walking
down Sunset Blvd.
CROSSROADS OF THE WORLD
6671 Sunset Boulevard
Photos by Gary Wayne
went to "work" for Van Nuys Freight & Supply Co. as a
telephone sales boiler room flunky.
Our neighbors in the complex were The
Browne, and Andrew
We never really got any work done, and we had some hellacious parties.
The booze flowed, and the joints were always lit. Imagine Delta House
on Quaaludes, cocaine, and LSD.
had two adjoining rooms. The main office, and a larger room with tables
The main room was where all the fun usually took place, and the other
room was the "Private Area."
We strived at all times to keep it all fun.
Everyone was welcome, although I did have to throw out Buddy Miles.
I don't care if he played with Jimi Hendrix. He was a loud-mouthed douche
bag and a bully.
One day, Jim Cochrane told me that Tim Curry was in town, and that he
had learned what hotel he was staying in.
On a dare, I called the hotel and left a message for Tim. A few hours
later, the phone rang.
Jason answered it and told me to pick up the phone. He had a stunned
look on his face.
I picked up the phone and said "Hello". The voice on the other
end of the line was...Tim Curry.
I thanked him for returning my call and told him how much I enjoyed
He replied, "Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate
Our conversation ended a few moments later. I can't even remember the
And the he hung up. I was euphoric.
In July 1981, Rick Sloane produced, wrote, and directed "The Clown
Whores Of Hollywood".
We shot most of it outside Crossroads in about 3 hours.
Rick later integrated this into his first feature, "Blood
Richard & I also appeared in "Invasion Of The Garter Belts",
which Rick also wrote and directed.
He would later show these films at his Annual Transylvanian Conventions.
the collection of Rick Sloane
OF THE GARTER BELTS"
RICHARD GIFFORD, TROY MARTIN
DIRECTED BY RICK SLOANE
"CLOWN WHORES OF HOLLYWOOD"
DIRECTED BY RICK SLOANE
BY RICHARD GIFFORD
of course, there was the music. I really started being serious about
Down the street was the Florentine Gardens, where I saw numerous punk
Most notably, X, The Blasters, Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, Oingo
Boingo and Suburban Lawns.
I started spending a lot of time at Club Lingerie and Cathay de Grande,
was at Crossroads that I fell in love for the very first time in my
life. I mean really fell in love.
A lovely Magenta had caught my eye and I just could not stop thinking
I was walking air and on Top Of The World. My life was perfect in
And then it got weird.
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