A Stray Cat Struts
The Stray Cats/Slim Jim Phantom - Book - by J.McDonnel
June 1980, 19-year-old James McDonnell (known as Slim Jim Phantom)
boarded a plane to the U.K. with his childhood friends and bandmates
Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker. In less than a year, they went from being
homeless, hungry, and living in punk rock squats to the toast of the
London music scene.
The Stray Cats released double-platinum records and scored worldwide success, embraced by classic rock acts like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and The Who, as well as original punk heroes such as the Sex Pistols, 'the Damned, and the Clash. After ten years of marriage to actress Britt Ekland, he moved to Los Angeles' Sunset Strip where he raised his son and owned world famous nightclub the Cat Club, while continuing to play with a host of well-known musicians. A veteran of the London and LA music scenes, Slim Jim's memoir recounts not just the Stray Cats' rise but a life spent in the upper echelon of rock 'n roll stardom.