I contacted Mister Meyer and asked if we could use some shots from “Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill” for a project i was working on – the digi-pak single of “Thunderkiss ’65”.
He said I could and made an appointment for me to come over and look at the contact sheets of the unit photography. I was thrilled! His house was in the Hollywood Hills
between Lake Hollywood and the Hollywood sign. It was a 50s ranch style house with no landscaping – white decorative rock covered the flowerbeds.
It looked like a house in Phoenix, AZ. He answered the door wearing boxer shorts, black socks, an A shirt (otherwise known as a “wifebeater”), a gray “gatsby” hat and
a gold chain around his neck with old “dog tags” attached. His living room had a high slanted ceiling and the tallest wall was covered with framed posters of all his films
in at least 5 different languages. He led me back to the room he used as an office, sat me down in a chair and handed me a stack of B&W contact sheets for me to pick shots from.
He was in the midst of working on his autobiography, “The Breast of Russ Meyer” and sat behind his desk – which was two long catering tables put together piled high with
papers and stuff. I got to freely converse with him about photography, his films, the band Faster Pussycat and the music video he directed for them and more.
When the project was finished I personally dropped off samples and had him sign a few for me as well as my Beyond the Valley of the Dolls LP and the back of his business card.