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.

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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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