Les Bohem started his music career in the 80’s and has just released a new album. He took the time to answer some questions about both of those and everything in between. Check out the interview below.
You first started your creative career in music in the 80’s, so when did you decide to move on to working on screenplays?
I had written a couple of screenplays in the 70s that went nowhere. The drummer in my college bands was producing movies. Gleaming Spires was popular in Los Angeles and my friend managed to wrangle me a job writing a script about rock and roll. Rock and roll movies never get made – but the movie business is, to a large extent, unionized – and so there are protections – like if someone wants you to write something, they pay you for it. For several years I did both – and writing the scripts for movies that never got made paid my bills. Writing songs that never got recorded didn’t.
Sure. My idea of what grown-ups did when they went to work was that they went into the other room and typed. And they were both wonderful writers, which didn’t hurt.
It’s instinctive at this point. I mean, sometimes you know. “Bruce Springsteen Dyes His Hair” is a song, not a movie. On the other hand, one of my songs, “the Jimi Hendrix Story” was going to be a short story for a long, long time. I never could write the story. I think I a good rule, for me at least, is, “If you can tell it in three minutes, do so…”
I think the best was from my dad. “Show, don’t tell.” It applies to all the things I try to do. And it’s hard as hell to live up to.
Moved to Duarte recently came out, what was the inspiration behind that?
I had never made a record – an honest to God record, of my own songs. Solo. And I hadn’t written songs in a long time. Then, in short order, I saw Bruce’s dye job and a sign in a shop window that said, “Moved to Duarte.” I wrote those two songs. I was, and am, very proud of them. Like most “creative people” I hate everything I do, wish I was better, get down on myself etc. But those two songs – I really liked them. And so I wrote some more songs. And I really liked them.
I’m working on a couple of TV projects and one feature script. I have the songs for the next two albums, or another double, ready and will be recording them. I will play anywhere they’ll have me, so call me if you hav a living room. Oh, also, I have a script that I want to turn into a graphic novel. I can’t draw. It is NOT about superheroes. Anyone with any thoughts, let me know.
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