Happy Birthday Hillel Slovak! He would be 52 years old… R.I.P.
About Hillel Slovak:
“Within a few minutes of hanging out with Hillel, I sensed that he was absolutely different from most of the people I’d spent time with. I usually felt like the leader in most relationships with kids my age… but I immediately knew that Hillel was at least my equal, and in fact knew a lot of things I didn’t. He understood a lot about music, he was a great visual artist, and he had a sense of self and calm about him that were just riveting.
Hillel was Jewish, he looked Jewish, he talked about Jewish stuff, and the food in that kitchen was Jewish… After he sandwiches, we had ameaningful heart-to heart chat, by the time I left his house, I was thinking, “Well, that’s my new best friend for life right there.” — ‘Scar Tissue’ by Anthony Kiedis
"This amazingly talented Israeli kid opened up avenues of expression for me I didn’t know I had." — Flea
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Hillel Slovak (Slim) !
Hillel Slovak was a funny, beautiful, stylish, wizard of a friend and guitar player. And he left us with something which was a band, and a love, and a desire to carry on, and in everything we do he will always be with us, forever. He’s with us right now. — Anthony Kiedis
Everyone hated me for not being at the funeral. They were like, ”You were like his best friend, and you weren’t there”, And I was like ”Yeah, but I was dying too” — Anthony KiedisHappy Birthday Hillel Slovak, we always missed you. You are forever !!
Hillel Slovak, original guitar player for the Peppers, died of a heroin overdose in his Los Angeles apartment in June, 1988, after a headlong dive into addiction which had been deepening for years. His wacky, perverse sense of humor and his natural hunger for funk and freedom were the spark which became the Peppers’ signature hyperkenesis. Flea, Tree, Anthony, Jack Irons and Hillel grew up together in Hollywood from age 16. Hillel taught Flea – an accomplished trumpet player whose father was a jazz musician – the rudiments of the bass and convinced him to join his high schol rock band, Anthem. Anthony Kiedis would start Anthem shows off with a crowd pumping rap. Without Hillel, the Chilis would not have been. (SPIN, February 1990)Happy 52nd birthday, Hillel. You will always be missed!
I was in the winter of my life- and the men I met along the road were my only summer. At night I fell sleep with vision of myself dancing and laughing and crying with them.