In this case, I decided to see if it was possible to interview Peter Fonda. For those of you who don't know Peter, this interview gives some intimate details about him.
I will be talking about this new book on COAST TO COAST WITH GEORGE NOORY this Friday night. Tune in if you want to hear the latest updates on the flipside.
|Book one: Backstage Pass|
As recounted in the book and film "Flipside" - Luana guided me in a number of ways, to meet people who were well versed in "how to communicate with the flipside." I began my journey with the work of Michael Newton, a hypnotherapist in Los Angeles who catalogued his 7000 cases where people under deep hypnosis were able to see, hear, experience a number of things, including previous lifetimes, and the between lives realm. That book "Flipside" became a best seller after my first appearance on "Coast to Coast." (Followed by best sellers (kindle in their genre) "It's a Wonderful Afterlife," "Hacking the Afterlife" and "Backstage Pass to the Flipside.")
It also brought me to the attention of medium Jennifer Shaffer, who works with law enforcement nationwide on missing person cases. About four years ago, I began filming our conversations with folks on the flipside.
We interviewed people that I knew, or Luana knew, who were no longer on the planet. Luana facilitated those conversations - she helping her friends to "communicate" with us (via Jennifer) and Jennifer helping to translate what she was seeing/sensing/hearing into answers. Sometimes she wouldn't know what the image or reference meant, and I would do the forensic research to tie the strings together. (It's always a bit startling when someone says "look up Erik Estrada" and I actually find a link to them.)
We often learn "new information" from people on the flipside (as detailed in "Hacking the Afterlife") and in the case of "Backstage Pass to the Flipside" the title itself was suggested by none other than Tom Petty (Happy Birthday Tom) who said "Luana is like the person at the back door with the backstage passes. She hands them out to us so we can communicate with you." Hence the title of the book.
|Backstage Pass Two|
Like anyone, I take whatever I hear, see, gather with an idea of "Wow, that's wild. I wonder if that's true?" and then piece it together. In this fashion, I reached out to Aretha Franklin's niece at her insistence (she said her niece was handling her estate, and it turned out she was. She said her niece would find her hand written will, and it turned out she did.) These interviews (starting with Aretha) will be part of an upcoming book, "Part Three" of this series, tentatively titled "Class is in Session." I interview numerous people - not all celebrities - but sometimes religious figures, icons from the past, sometimes friends of friends, sometimes close friend's parents who are no longer on the planet.
I've found that not everyone is open to this research - which is understandable. After all, we've seen our loved ones die in our arms, we've grieved for them, and we've put them into the rolodex of our memory. My suggesting that they can "still talk to us" or that they're accessible brings up old wounds, and a fear that we're being "observed" when we don't want to be. All I can say is - sorry. It's not my fault that they show up in our sessions, ask me to pass along information to their loved ones. As Jennifer's father suggested to us from the flipside; "tell people to move grief to nostalgia. Grief has only sad memories; nostalgia has both sad and happy memories. When you move grief to nostalgia you begin the healing process."
I find it interesting when their loved ones are skeptical, doubtful, even upset at hearing that their loved one reached out to me through Jennifer. Why wouldn't they just reach out to them directly?
Well, it appears to be a frequency issue. They can't just speak, or talk to their loved ones - without practice, without the loved ones opening themselves up to the possibility of communication. So out of frustration, I guess, they show up on our doorstep. And what they impart to us is not what they would impart to their loved ones - they "consider the source" when passing information. They know (and warn us) how skeptical their loved ones are - but that doesn't stop me from passing along what I hear.
|Luana in a still from the film "The Trip" a film that brought|
Dennis, Peter and Luana together with Luana playing a trippy waitress
In this case, I asked this person to show up - and as we'll see, Jennifer wasn't aware of who he was, and did not recognize him straight away. (Which demonstrates that I haven't prepped her in advance in any way shape or form.)
|Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in Cannes with Easy Rider|
This was filmed on 9-27, and the next day, I discovered that Easy Rider was playing at my local cinema, the Aero. A 4K print that is pristine, that really highlights Lazlo Kovacs amazing work, Dennis Hopper's realistic direction and acting as "Billy" and Peter Fonda's laconic yet profound performance as "Captain America."
|Harry Dean (back right) along with costars Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Freddie Forrest|
Luana appeared in films or TV shows with all of them
Never saw it.
Well, it is a film about freedom. That’s fine – you don’t know who starred in Easy Rider, do you? His name is Peter Fonda.
|Peter with family, with his wife, Peter’s mom; Frances Seymour Brokaw. She reportedly was bi-polar, and when hearing they were going to divorce, took her own life. Reportedly, Peter wasn’t told what happened for five years after the event.|
She’s short, like tiny – I saw Jane’s face in hers, something somewhere in her looks - felt like she died 30 years ago or something. Felt like she had something wrong with her brain... her heart... I saw pills.
(Note: This is in the "flipside" research as well, people under deep hypnosis talking about the process of planning their return, gearing up so to speak, to make that return.)
Let’s ask; was it the Monterey Pop concert?
|Record Producer Lou Adler and Mama's and Papa's John Phillips|
arriving for the Monterey Pop Festival.
Peter says “He disliked the war...” -- Something about how “He hated the war,” but Peter says "He didn’t trust the government at all."
|Backstage at Monterey Pop|
|Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix Monterey Pop|
|Dennis Hopper and Brian Jones, Monterey Pop Festival|
|Bridget Fonda in a still from the film I|
wrote and directed"You Can't Hurry Love" (Vestron)
I don’t know about that.. but Luana was in it too – isn’t that odd Peter? What’s odd is that it never came up – never discussed. Luana was hilarious in “You Can’t Hurry Love” and Bridget was a bit nervous at first.
|Bridget circa Godfather 3|
Yes, terrific actor, did a film with Bill Paxton, who called me and said “I finally got to work with Bridget.” Bill was going to star in “You Can’t Hurry Love” with Bridget and Luana – but enough about me – Peter back to you, what do you miss about being on the planet if anything?
(Note: It's a common refrain. People claim to be able recreate many things on the flipside as a mental construct - from playing golf to riding horses, but it's harder to construct the actual taste of things, or tangible things like touch.)
(Note: There's an iconic scene in "Easy Rider" shot in the cemetery in New Orleans, where everyone was improvising an acid trip. In Peter's scene, he holds onto a statue and refers to it as his mother, telling her he hated her for "leaving so soon." She's with him on the flipside, so I wanted her to come forward and remind us of that fact.)
|Jane Fonda, Wikipedia|
|Henry Fonda, "My Darling Clementine" 1946|
|Robert Redford giving Henry Fond an Oscar|
|Fonda in "Grapes of Wrath"|
|Peter leading the way|
Copyright Richard Martini 2019 All Rights Reserved. An excerpt from "Backstage Pass to the Flipside: Talking to the afterlife with Jennifer Shaffer: Class is in Session."