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Zan on February 10, 2008 at 6:14 PM said:

Hello Catherine!

What an amazing story you have to tell.....

I'm an avid reader of history, current events, and biographies. As I've been playing guitar for about 40 years, I very much enjoy reading books by/about 60's artists and I saw yours in my local Brooklyn library & I enjoy reading books by people who were also part of the scene and hearing the stories from their perspective. Of course I had no idea how compelling your family life would be! I have 2 kids, 9 & 12, and while my son (12)challenges me a lot I certainly am no Diana! Plus, my wife is a child psychologist.... when we have problems I ask her: so what do we do? Her professional response: I dunno! She's about to start your book....

But wow...I was so happy for you (in 2008!) when you ran away(in 1965)for good (I did that too in 1970 when I was 15!). To me, that just showed the true knowledge and awareness of our souls that we KNOW when we're being scammed and abused and something deep within us inspires us to break away from a bad situation. You also seem to have particularly capable guardian angels! Kudos to them, too.

Of course, I'm a fan of pretty much all of your musical friends. I suppose Mr. Laine can be forgiven as having been quite young (perhaps a little too influenced by John Lennon?)when you met him, and a "victim" of old-fashioned male-dominated attitudes... good for you for dumping him! (& all the others for that matter! - & a pox on the idiots who dumped you!)

Have you read "Roomful Of Mirrors"? It's a great book about Jimi (I dug "Fire" on your HP). Amazing that last night with him....& soooo sad....
I came close a few times to the "big contract" but.... I've been working in the NYC film biz for 20 years as a property person, and for the last few years as a greensman. Plants are so nice.... just finished the sex & the city movie......
I also used to hang around Candlewood Lake in the 60's & 70's! My 3rd album should be out in a year & I think it's gonna be great - folk/children/lullabys. I'm scheduled to mix it at a friend's studio in Laurel Canyon (!) - I'll send you a link when it's done....

Meanwhile, I do hope you go on Oprah's show, if that's a possibility. I think your book would resonate with a lot of people & I think it would illuminate in a very personal way how important good parenting is & how devastating bad parenting can be. Thanks so much for sharing your story to this point. But I'll bet there'll be more!

Best wishes....
Peggy (a/k/a "Poetessa") on February 4, 2008 at 3:57 PM said:

I've only just found you on myspace and am looking forward to reading your book. Your website is exquisite, very beautifully done.
Tania on February 1, 2008 at 3:05 PM said:

Have been waiting for a long time after reading of you Miss P's "I'm with the Band"... Pre-ordered the book online (here in canada)and read your life story in one night! What an inspiring tale of a woman's quest to live and live her own life! You lived an amazing life, thank you.
Margy on January 23, 2008 at 2:40 PM said:

I could'nt put your book down.
Mary Jane Royce on January 19, 2008 at 4:44 PM said:

Dear Catherine,
Received your book for Christmas and read it immediately.
So amazed and impressed with your survival skills, and your
ability to forgive. That you raised a wonderful son, with
little help and troubling role models is testament to your
amazing spirit. I remember seeing your picture as an impressionable 13year-old in Rolling Stone magazine. I
could never look as beautiful as you, but I immediately
cut my hair in bangs to look like you. I still wear straight
with bangs.
All the best for the new year. Your beautiful exterior is
only surpassed by transcendent inner self.
Pleasant "Princess Farhana" Gehman on December 31, 2007 at 1:09 PM said:

You rock!!!!

Amazing life- amazing book! read it in one night!
Michelle on December 29, 2007 at 8:44 PM said:

It took me one day to devour your story. It was everything I had to hoped to read about and more. Your life truly inspired me, from the hardships to the exciting recounts of life in the fast lane with rock and roll idols. I had always wanted to be teenager in the 60s but alas I was born in 1968. Your story is something I can read over and over again and feel like I'm right there with you. You're strength is outstanding. xxx
Billy Rosenthal on December 22, 2007 at 2:17 PM said:


Your book is just the Best. You're a great writer and a true inspiration to others. Just finished reading it today and had to tell ya thanks for sharing your adventerous life with the rest of us. It moved me beyond words.

Best of luck in the future and Happy Holidays Catherine
suzanne on November 30, 2007 at 5:35 PM said:


I just read your book and was very moved. You seem to have such a generous forgiving spirit. May we all learn from you.


Fransisco on November 26, 2007 at 8:08 PM said:

You are very special Catherine and I knew your book would be a big hit when I saw the first part of it a few years back. Still I have some of your dads things about history airplanes and race cars, war machines, race trophy, his things make me feel closer to you. How do remember such a person as he, a T Girl or a Manly guy into racing machines.
I do know some of the best parts of your folks are in you, Memes love, your mother's beauty and your father's race car skills. I was a little scared going around those roads in Belerly Hills with your bare feet on the clutch and thottle; winding around the turns with G forces pulling and pushing, engine whirring.
Very sexy you are...
"Your Trophy is the beautiful legs you enthral with"
DonaLuisa on November 26, 2007 at 7:26 PM said:

Catherine James,
I picked up your book and didn't get a chance to start it until some days later. So I didn't even realize for the first chapter or two that this book was NOT fiction. Finally grasping that it was you memoir, I cannot tell you how mundane my life is after reading about yours! As a Mom, it is super tough to accept how the child abuse you experienced went unchecked. I laughed out loud at what you wrote about just being concerned with the problem at hand when you first visited the therapist. I admire your tough human spirit to come through as you did, while having fun, too. My being ever the worrisome Mom, one part bothers me--and I in no way mean to sound accusing, because you seemed to have had more than enough going on. When niece Catherine's mother was away, and the niece was living in your mother's home: did she have to endure the broken bones, or were there any adults to help her get out of that situation? How is she doing today?
Kiki on November 26, 2007 at 3:30 AM said:

Catherine I just read the last page of your book and was deeply moved by your story. Thank you for sharing such a personal history that I, and I am sure others can identify with. You are inspirational!
Marlie Centawer on November 20, 2007 at 1:10 PM said:

Hi Catherine,

I am asking for your book for Christmas, and I am already anticipating it's arrival! I had read in Pamela Des Barres' recent book about your upcoming memoirs, and just found out that Dandelion has been released:-)! I am so excited - thank you very much for sharing your experiences! You are a lovely inspiration to us all!
Anthony James on November 20, 2007 at 11:35 AM said:

Great site Catherine.
I am the manager at your sons apartment complex in Eagle Rock. He told me aobut your book and I want to get a copy as soon as I get back to the store.

Your sons a great guy and I enjoy having him there at the place You can tell him I said that. LOL.
MichelleMyBelle on October 20, 2007 at 6:23 PM said:

Hi Catherine, your book has just arrived on my doorstep & I absolutely cannot wait to start reading! I first read about you in one of Pamela's books & have wondered about what happened to you ever since. How fantastic that now you tell your own story, Michelle

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