Veteran broadcaster Terry David Mulligan has been a fixture on the Canadian music scene for some four decades, and in this book the entertainment and pop culture icon shares stories of his life in, around and behind the media spotlight. He reminisces about growing up in the North Vancouver neighbourhood known as Skunk Hollow and working as a Mountie in Alberta in the early 1960s. About the difficult transition from policing to spinning records. Vancouver in 1967 at the height of the Summer of Love and hanging with Cheech and Chong at the famous and now-gone Oil Can Harry’s club. Prepping feverishly, as a newbie to television, for an interview with Jimi Hendrix and shopping on Davie Street with Jim Morrison, who was looking for early Hemingway books and Beatle boots.
He’s a man who’s followed his passions, and they’ve taken him from the music world to the actor’s studio to the wine industry. From Mountie to MuchWest, The X-Files to The Tasting Room, Terry David Mulligan has found his way through ups and downs, changes and defining moments. He reveals the highlights and the lowlights of his personal and professional journeys in this engaging, chatty memoir.
“There’s a certain Forest Gump-like dynamic at work in Mulligan’s memoirs that finds him popping up at key moments in pop-culture history while rubbing elbows with a who’s-who of celebs, legends and icons . . . But Mulligan’s Stew is much more than an exercise in frenzied name-dropping. While much of the focus is on Mulligan’s impressive career in radio, TV and film, it’s also a personal story that follows him from his early days . . . As with all good memoirs, Mulligan doesn’t let himself off easy, particularly when sharing withering details about his shortcomings as a young husband or his early arrogance as a DJ.” —Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald
“I already knew TDM was a survivor, but this is ridiculous! A fun read that will connect with everyone, whether you’ve heard of this ‘dweeb’ or not!” —Bruce Allen
“Whether it was on radio or in front of the camera, Terry always was a fantastic supporter of Canadian music. This book is a little slice of that enthusiasm.” —Bryan Adams
“Wonderful stories of Canadian icons, told by a Canadian icon with humour and heart. Terry’s insider’s perspective on the music business and his longevity as a broadcaster make this a must-read for any serious music fan.” —Jason Priestley
“What a treat to read his biography . . . From radio, to television, to movies, to his life in Hollywood, Terry offers an entertaining narrative of the galaxy of stars that he’s either worked with or interviewed . . . Yet, within the pages he reminds us of the power of fame and the persuasiveness it can bring to change the world . . . Quick to point out his own humanity during his life . . . so far, Terry has eloquently captured his own tale without causing injury to himself or others.” —Joyce D. Wegner, Wineries Refined
“What a multi-talented man Terry David Mulligan is . . . The book is a great read and his career road takes you to some very interesting places. What a trip.” —Red Robinson, Canada’s first rock’n’roll DJ
Mulligan’s Stew is a well-written and compelling read that sheds some insight not only on Terry’s life, but also early glimpses of Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Bryan Adams and the Guess Who. The chatty writing style gives the book a bit of a personal feel and at times can feel like you’re there having a coffee hearing all these great brushes with the famous . . . Mulligan’s Stew is a must-have for Canadian music fans. —RockStar Weekly
About the Author
Terry David Mulligan was a radio DJ for 20 years before joining CBC as host of the music-video program Good Rockin’ Tonite. He later became a VJ and producer for the long-running MuchWest series for the MuchMusic network. He is currently host of radio programs Mulligan Stew and The Tasting Room and co-host of Hollywood and Vines.
Glen Schaefer has worked as a reporter and an editor since 1979. He has been an entertainment writer at the Province newspaper in Vancouver, BC, since 1997. He also talks about movies and entertainment occasionally on TV and radio. He lives in North Vancouver.