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The strange life of singer Peter Wolf

Any single one of Peter Wolf’s biographical details could make for an interesting book.

Any single one of Peter Wolf’s biographical details could make for an interesting book.

The 65-year-old singer for the J. Geils Band and solo performer was college roommates with director David Lynch, as a child his father occasionally left him with Norman Rockwell as a babysitter, and acts that have opened for him include U2, Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty.

“What happens a lot of times is that it’s been in vogue for performers and musicians to write these books,” he says, “and people have been after me for the past decade to do one.”

So does this mean that a Wolf memoir is forthcoming?

“It’s in there, and it’s got to come out, so I would imagine so,” he says. “But there’s very few books of that nature that I find worthwhile.”

You might have to wait before coming across a memoir, but in his live performances he shares quite a few stories.

Highlights might include tales of being chased down a back alley by Sly Stone, hanging out with Van Morrison, when the Irish singer called Cambridge home in the late ’60s, recording with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, or living with David Lynch while at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

“It was sort of like the odd couple,” says Wolf of his former roommate. "He was very neat and meticulous. I was sort of the bohemian mess.”

 
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