Writer Gary Lachman was the original bassist for Blondie (well, after Richard Hell, who doesn’t really count). He penned a couple of their early hits, including “I’m Always Touched By Your Presence, Dear,” before getting the boot in the late 1970s. He toured with Iggy Pop for a bit after that, but had more or less quit music by 1980. Here’s his official bio:
Gary Lachman is the author of several books on the link between consciousness, culture, and alternative thought. His books include Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius; A Secret History of Consciousness; In Search of P.D. Ouspensky; A Dark Muse; Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Thought; and The Dedalus Book of Literary Suicides: Dead Letters. As Gary Valentine he was a founding member of the rock group Blondie, played guitar with Iggy Pop, and fronted his own groups the Know and Fire Escape. New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation is an account of his years on the New York and Los Angeles underground music scenes in the 1970s and 80s, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is a regular contributor to Fortean Times, Independent on Sunday, Strange Attractor, What is Enlightenment and other journals in the US and UK. A frequent lecturer on the history of the counterculture, Lachman has appeared in several UK television documentaries and has broadcast for the BBC. He lives in London. His most recent book is Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen (Quest, 2008).
Lachman isn’t some dilettante making superficial connections that don’t exist for the purpose of sensational copy, like, ahem, Peter Levenda. But don’t take it from me — check out his recent entry at Reality Sandwich.
Maybe you can also pick up Politics and the Occult (I just did), and we can start up a Contrarian book club!
[UPDATE: While it’s not necessarily a slight against Lachman, his bio does reveal that he’s contributed to What is Enlightenment (now known as EnlightenNext) — the publication of faux-guru shyster Andrew Cohen. Hey, we understand that everyone has to eat.]