Steve Rowland has had a full life.
Hollywood actor from the 1950s and 1960s, partner of the late Judy Lewis, friendships with James Dean and Elvis Presley. He is the great- nephew of Louis B Mayer and then began a significant career as a record producer, discovering talents such as Peter Frampton, The Cure.
In 1970 he produced an album called ‘Coming from Reality’ for Rodriguez, who is the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary ‘Searching for Sugar Man’.
Here are 3 excerpts from my phone interview conducted with Steve Rowland from his residence in California on 22 June 2012.
Steve Rowland on his contribution to the musical career of Rodriguez (who is the subject of the documentary ‘Searching for Sugar Man’
‘This is a lesson to anybody who has a dream. Never give up your dream’
Steve Rowland is the great nephew of Louis B Mayer.
‘He and I never get on. If things didn’t go his way, he didn’t like it.’
Steve Rowland on his friendships with James Dean , Elvis Presley, Robert Taylor, Van Johnson.
‘I always gravitated more to the edgy people.’
Further interview extracts to be posted in the coming week.
– Rhett Bartlett