Pepperland Publishing last month released "Rock And Roll High School: Growing Up In Hollywood During The Decade Of Decadence", a 332-page book chronicling Marisa Tellez's life as a misfit teenager where she discovered the music scene on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California during its most promiscuous reign in the late '80s and early '90s. Also included in the book are interviews with several prominent bands that ruled the Strip during that era.
Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley was like a perfect grid. Each tree-lined street was a direct shoot east or west, north or south. No hills, no twists, no turns. In 1985 at the age of 12, Marisa realized she wanted more. It was then that she discovered the Sunset Strip in Hollywood was a bustling scene of glam rock bands, both local and transplants that were scraping to make it in the music scene.
At 13, she went to the Whisky A Go Go for the very first time. By the age of 14, she was a regular at the clubs on the Sunset Strip. Being a tomboy, she was a bit unconventional for the wild scene going on in Hollywood. But after surviving the psychotic nightmare of her first boyfriend, she wasn't about to conform to anyone. She was determined to create her social standing in Hollywood on her own terms.
Take a walk with Marisa and her friends down Sunset Blvd. as she recalls what it was like being a teenager and battling through the perils of stalkers, cheating boyfriends, groupies, suicide, emancipation, arrests and full out debauchery during the decade of decadence.
Marisa still resides in Southern California and is currently working on the as-yet-untitled sequel to "Rock And Roll High School" which is set for release in the winter of 2013.
For more information, visit www.marisatellez.com .