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ROB ZABRECKY reads from his debut memoir STRANGE CURES
 

Strange Cures (Rothco Press)

Strange Cures is a turbulent, against-all-odds memoir of self-discovery, success, failure, and reinvention, told by one of LA’s most interesting natives. With an unflinching gaze, musician/magician/actor Zabrecky recounts his bizarre coming-of-age tale and his quest to find a place in the arts—and the world. The author reveals a young life filled with both physical miracles and subversive role models, including an uncle who impersonated an FBI agent and, in a drunken delusion, shot and nearly killed him. He takes readers on a roller coaster ride through the nascent days of Silver Lake’s music and art community, as seen through the lens of his critically acclaimed band, Possum Dixon. We explore the left-of-center landscape of Jabberjaw, LA’s independent coffeehouse which featured the early talents of Nirvana and Beck; Zabrecky’s own struggles with drug addiction, love, and recovery; and finally, his re-emergence as a magician venturing into the sacred world of Hollywood’s Magic Castle.

Strange Cures is a trip through the thrilling and hazardous landscape of Southern California at the close of last century. His story is a revelatory look inside the Los Angeles underground music world of the early 90s—as seen through the alleys and doorways from a key insider.

Praise for Strange Cures

"Zabrecky’s eccentricity is the result of a fearlessly lived and delightfully examined life. Strange Cures combines magic and music, knowledge and innocence, humor and pathos into a singular and unique narrative. His story is a weird and worthy subject. As is he."--Jason Alexander, actor, comedian, director

"Zabrecky’s memoirs are surprising, addictive, terrifying, magical. He careens through childhood, rock and roll, and popular entertainment by driving on the shoulder, passing on the right, and then playing bumper cars with the cold, hard truth. You’re in for a fantastic ride."Jim Steinmeyer, President of the Magic Castle, author, inventor

"Strange Cures chronicles Rob Zabrecky’s offbeat and amazing life. A suburban kid from Southern California, Zabrecky Houdinied himself from the underground Silverlake rock’n’roll scene—and the substance abuse that went along with it—and miraculously transformed himself as one of the most renowned magicians in the world. You won’t be able to put this book down."Pleasant Gehman, author of Showgirl Confidential

"Rob Zabrecky has long been one of the most unique and fascinating characters LA has to offer, and now he has become one of the city’s all-time great chroniclers as well. Strange Cures is a hilarious and incredibly moving depiction of a nearly forgotten corner of the city that produced one of its most dynamic artistic flowerings. Destined to go down as one of the great LA novels."Richard Rushfield, Vanity Fair contributor, author of On Spec, Don’t Follow Me–I’m Lost

About Rob Zabrecky: There’s simply no other entertainer like Rob Zabrecky. Through a wide range of artistic work that spans acting, magic, and music, Rob Zabrecky has established himself globally as an original entertainer. In film, he’s best known for his roles in A Ghost Story, Lost River, and Decay. In television he’s appeared in guest and co-star roles in Lady Dynamite, GLOW, Angie Tribeca, Comedy Bang! Bang! and many others. Currently, he’s a reoccurring co-star on the CBS biopic series, Strange Angel, based on the life of rocket scientist Jack Parsons. As a magician, he has invented a magical world through a series of strange and beautiful effects which he combines with remarkable timing and sensational theatrical edifice. His absurdist and deadpan humor have delighted audiences from Tokyo to New York City. Recognized for his efforts, he has received five awards by the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle. Zabrecky's career began as a musician while being the singer- songwriter and bassist for the Los Angeles group Possum Dixon, who released three albums on Interscope Records during the 1990s.

 

 

Event date: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027