The Rock Stars Next Door

Travel back in time with me to 1972. I’m a seven-year-old girl in Marin County, California. My family is newly settled in the States after a long stint of living in Vietnam. We’re living in a beautiful house, but there’s a growing tension in the air. Our next door neighbors are rock stars. And I’m being gently led toward one of life’s harder truths by one of them.

The audio of this story originally appeared on the RISK! Show podcast on August 12, 2013 (Episode 445, “Edgeplay”). Listen to RISK! on iTunes or at


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