Beau Phillips, known from the late ’70s to the early ’90s as a colorful DJ on Seattle hard-rock station KISW-FM, has published a memoir of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, “I Killed Pink Floyd’s Pig.”
By Gene Stout, Special to The Seattle Times Aug. 23 2014
As program director and later general manager of beloved Seattle hard-rock station KISW-FM from 1978 to 1992, Phillips had plenty of tales to tell, most of them funny, some poignant.
Phillips’ self-released “I Killed Pink Floyd’s Pig,” subtitled “Inside Stories of Sex, Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll,” is a tell-all collection of more than 30 tales about an era when rock radio thrived on outrageous stunts, backstage shenanigans, clever promotions and outsized personalities. The book is available from Amazon.com.
It’s a fun, fast read that covers Phillips’ days at KISW as well as his subsequent career with MTV Networks and other companies. It also touches on his acquaintances with rock celebrities such as Sammy Hagar (who wrote the book’s forward), Joe Walsh, Robert Plant and Paul McCartney, as well as other Seattle radio personalities.
The book takes its title from an infamous promotion that could have cost Phillips his job at KISW.
READ ABOUT THE PROMOTION IN QUESTION AND THE REST OF THE STORY HERE AT THE SEATTLE TIMES WEBSITE.