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By Kurt Koontz

Kurt Koontz suggestion he was once organized for his 490-mile strolling journey at the historical Camino de Santiago pilgrimage path in Spain.

He used to be healthy and powerful. He had an outstanding guidebook and the entire correct apparatus. His pilgrim passport could provide him entry to the shield of hostels alongside the best way. yet all that, even if beneficial, didn't start to surround the grandeur of his exterior or inner event.

A Million Steps climbs over the excessive meadows of the Pyrenees, quests throughout the unceasing wind of the Meseta, and dances within the rains of Galicia. whereas following the yellow arrows that mark the path, Koontz additionally navigates via his own background of habit, restoration, and love.

With outgoing humor and friendliness, he embraces the wonderful thing about the nation-state and cheerful connections to different pilgrims from worldwide. half diary, half travelogue, one million Steps is a trip inside of a trip all of the option to the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela and past.

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Without realizing it, we had started on a downhill slope that was mirrored in New York and San Francisco. The agape spirit of ’67 evaporated in the heat of ugly drugs, violence, commercialism and police pressure. In Amsterdam, people began stealing and repainting the white bicycles. There was music still to be made on the way down, of course; and on the way up, I had heard wonders. Chapter 1 WHEN I WAS ELEVEN, we became the last family on our street in Princeton, New Jersey, to get a TV set: now we could watch Sid Caesar in Your Show of Shows, The Ed Sullivan Show and baseball games.

Lead singer Keith West had a solo hit that summer with ‘Excerpt From A Teenage Opera, Part 1’ (‘Grocer Jack, Grocer Jack, please come back…’) and did his best to maintain a pop-star presence while around him the group was morphing into something quite different. ‘My White Bicycle’, a tribute to the free transport provided by Amsterdam’s revolutionary provos, was their new theme song, while Howe’s solos got longer and Twink’s drumming ever wilder. A month or two earlier, I would never have gone to Blaises and Tomorrow would barely have heard of UFO Everything was accelerating that spring: new drugs, clothes, music and clubs.

We examined each page until we came to the headline reading ‘Disc Jockey on Morals Charge’. The position atop the podium could be earned, it seemed, by visits to a motel with Bob. Horn was accused of statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Sixteen years later I was living in Los Angeles and running the music department of Warner Brothers Films. Ted Ashley, the company president, asked me to ‘take a lunch meeting’ with some famous TV producers who were pitching a series of music films.

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