We had the good fortune of connecting with Frank Meyer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Frank, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
As an artist, I realized a long time ago that some of us are just lifers. I have met many incredible artists along my journey who, for some reason or another, have decided to give up their craft. They just put down the guitar, or the paintbrush, or whatever is the tool of their trade, and move on. For me, that’s not an option. I am in this for life. I will always write songs, always record, always play live (when the pandemic is over, fingers crossed), always make content, always be creative. When it pays the bills, that’s great. When it doesn’t, I find other work. But not being creative is no longer an option in my life. I am in this for the long haul.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been a musician since I was a teenager, most notably as the frontman of punk rock ‘n’ rollers The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, Long Beach’s Blind House, and singer for Iggy and the Stooges guitarist James Williamson. I am also a published author of seven books (From Dude To Dad, Diaper Dude, On The Road With The Ramones, etc.), and documentary film director (Risen: The Story of Chron “Hell Razah” Smith). I attribute my success to hard work and staying creative. I get an idea, I get that idea out of my head and into reality (a song, a book, a film, whatever), and then figure out a way to sell it. Then I move onto the next idea. You just have to stay organized and always moving forward.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Long Beach, CA so if they were dog lovers I would take folks in town to Rosie’s Dog Beach in the morning, followed by a cliffside beach brunch at Claire’s at the Museum of Art. Then we’d cruise down Retro Row for thrift and record store shopping, followed by a healthy dinner at Restauration, patio drinks at the Good Bar, and a live show at Alex’s Bar. This is all pandemic conditions pending, of course,,,,
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Big shout outs to my film “Risen: The Story of Chron ‘Hell Razah’ Smith” producing partner Robert Juster, and my Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs musical partners for life Dino Everett, Bruce Duff, Mike Sessa, and Geoff Yeaton.
Other: IG @spaghettiandfrank IG @streetwalkincheetahs
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