Anyone who’s read Anthony Kiedis‘ biography, Scar Tissue, will know all about Blackie Dammett (real name: John Kiedis), the guy who raised Anthony in California.
As a parent, Blackie was…unconventional. He was a part-time drug dealer (allegedly), introducing his son to a variety of substances and (it is said) a hooker or two. He was also a bit actor, landing roles in Magnum PI, Lethal Weapon, Starsky and Hutch, and Night Court.
Once Anthony and the Chili Peppers got big, Blackie was enlisted to run the band’s official fanclub. Hardcore fans will know that the RHCP songs “The Hunter” and “Savior” were inspired by him.
Back in 2013, Dammet wrote an autobiography entitled Lords of the Sunset Strip. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with dementia, declining slowly over the years until his death on Wednesday (May 12). He was 81. This Facebook page broke the news.