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Speaker 1 (00:02):
I'm Penelope Spherris. I'm a film director. I want to
tell you a story about a friend of mine, Peter Ivers.
In the early seventies. Peter was a Harvard graduate just
breaking into the Los Angeles music scene.

Speaker 2 (00:15):
Peter was a true artist ahead of his time.

Speaker 1 (00:18):
He scored Ron Howard's directorial debut.

Speaker 3 (00:21):
I didn't know one thing about Peter Rivers.

Speaker 1 (00:24):
I just said, okay, let's meet him. He wrote music
for David Lynch's eraser Head, and then he landed a
gig that would change the course of his life and
possibly lead to his death. Peter became the host of
a public access music show called New Wave Theater. It

showcased la punk bands in all their glory, and it
quickly grew in popularity.

Speaker 3 (00:53):
The crowd started getting bigger and bigger, and then there
was John Belushi under there was Harold Ramis, and there
was Beverly.

Speaker 1 (00:59):
Daangel and then it all went to hell.

Speaker 2 (01:04):
Suddenly it was like, did you hear Peter Ivers got murdered?

Speaker 3 (01:08):
She said, Peter's been murdered.

Speaker 1 (01:10):
Peter Rivers is dead.

Speaker 3 (01:11):
This was somebody who was so full of life. How
could they be gone?

Speaker 1 (01:17):
Peter Ivers was murdered on March third, nineteen eighty three.
His death was a devastating moment for Hollywood, the LA
Punk scene, and all of us who knew him, and
it raised a question that forty years later, we still
don't know the answer to who killed Peter Ivers. The

crime scene was corrupted and.

Speaker 3 (01:40):
I just remember falling to the floor, blood curdling scream,
and I just I couldn't stop.

Speaker 2 (01:49):
I was terrified that if had killed Peter, and thought
that I was suspicious of him, that it could be
bad for me.

Speaker 1 (02:00):
This is Peter and the Acid King, a podcast about
the unsolved murder of my friend Peter Ivers. Oh and
one last thing. We're going to at least try to
find that shithead that did it.

Speaker 3 (02:14):
I mean literally since a week it happened, I thought
you did it.

Speaker 2 (02:17):
They did an interview and they didn't even never suspect.

Speaker 1 (02:22):
Listen to Peter and the Acid King starting September twenty
fifth on the iHeartRadio app, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you
get your podcasts.
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