Our friend Tony Funches passed away on June 21, 2017. This week we’ll be posting some remembrances of Tony from the Doors Examiner archives. >>
Everybody thinks it’s easy to get a book deal, especially if you hung out with someone like Jim Morrison: just let a publisher know that you knew a famous person and you want to write a book and they’ll drop a lot of cash on you. Unfortunately, it’s not true and a lot of people struggle to write books on ‘spec’ (speculation, without backing or support), even if they were friends with Jim Morrison, or they were a bodyguard for the Rolling Stones at Altamont, or they worked with legendary concert promoter Barry Fey.
Tony’s autobiography has a working title of ‘The Ancestor’s Soundtrack’ and will cover his formative years being in the Air Force (or Air Farce as Tony calls it) during Vietnam, becoming a bodyguard for Jim Morrison and how it came to be more than job, how Tony got to be a bodyguard for The Stones at Altamont, and how he took it to making a career out of working security with Barry Fey, the legendary Denver, Colorado music promoter.
Tony isn’t a writer and has been struggling with what he calls The Accursed Book, but he has a unique style and has a lot of cool stories to tell. Tony’s a very cool guy who was kind enough to write the foreword for my book ‘The Doors Examined’ and he’s very accessible on his Facebook page. Tony is trying to raise $5,000 to finish writing ‘The Accursed Book’ (every writer knows the feeling), to finish with the editing of it, as well as for traveling expenses to research parts of the book, as well as the publication expenses. You can contribute to Tony’s campaign at GoFundMe. Any little bit helps and when he’s finished we’ll have a very cool book to read of some great adventures in the rock ‘n’ roll world!
Originally published May 15, 2014.