I was reading a thoroughly disgusting story on the Times’ website about a celebrity sleaze broker who has gotten his mitts on Paris Hilton’s diary — which he plans to sell at auction for $20 million — when I came across a surprising name.
Elliot Mintz is Paris Hilton’s publicist.
When I moved to LA in 1968, there was a great FM “underground” rock station out of Pasadena, KPPC. It was the radio home of the Firesign Theatre and Dr. Demento, who had their shows on Sunday nights. The rest of the week you’d hear DJ’s who, to my 12-year-old ears, sounded like the coolest guys you could ever aspire to be. Elliot Mintz was one of them. I think he was the one who played a bootlegged copy of the Beatles’ “Get Back” album that ultimately was never released. I taped it on my parents’ reel-to-reel and played it for friends, thinking I was now a rock-and-roll insider.
Later, after KPPC met the same fate of all good radio stations and vanished without warning, Mintz went on to appear in other LA media, most notably as a late-night talk jock on KABC who was supposedly in touch with the young, “happening” crowd. The graphic below should fill your lungs with a blast of the silly yet solemn air that suffused the early 1970s.
Later, I became aware that Mintz was the publicist for John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Whenever something strange happened in the world of John and Yoko — who were always stirring up trouble during the 70s — it was Mintz’s sober, judicious voice you’d hear commenting on it. Mintz also spent hours, hundreds of hours, in taped conversation with John, which he edited into an FM radio series after his murder, “The Lost Lennon Tapes.”
Digging around on the Internet, it appears Mintz was or is working for Bob Dylan, too. But that representation didn’t draw as much attention as his work with his first clients, Lennon-Ono, or his most recent ones. Since I normally skip about 98.5 percent of all Paris Hilton stories, I had missed the frequent Mintz quotes.
As he was with John and Yoko, Mintz is a family retainer. When sister Nicky Hilton got married in Las Vegas in 2004, someone must have compared it to Brittany Spears’ 55-hour marriage, which started with a Vegas wedding. It was Mintz who set E! Online straight, “This is a real, serious, meaningful, loving relationship–not spur of the moment. [The wedding] was treated with great sobriety and seriousness.” Mintz has the perfect voice to say things like this. Back in the 70s, rock-and-roll was serious business, just like global night-clubbing is now.