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Michael Des Barres

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Rock star, actor, and DJ on Little Steven’s Underground Garage Michael Des Barres shares stories from his decades-long music and acting career and over 4 decades of sobriety. He discusses the numerous bands and musicians he’s worked with and his advice for living a rock & roll life while staying sober.

On this episode, Michael talks to Matt about:

  • Growing up in boarding schools without a mom or dad
  • How to own your life rather than letting drugs own you
  • Statrting in show biz and appearing in To Sir, With Love starring Sidney Poitier
  • Getting the attention of Andrew Lloyd Webber and landing a record deal
  • The events that led to his sobriety
  • Co-founding Rock Against Drugs
  • Performing in numerous bands such as Silverhead, Detective, Chequered Past, The Power Station and more
  • Performing at Live Aid with The Power Station
  • Acting on MacGuyver and several other shows and films
  • His kind, cool, and courageous mantra
  • And More

This episode is sponsored by The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers – one of the oldest residential drug and alcohol rehab programs. ARC is a non-profit and was hit hard financially as a result of COVID. For more information, and to donate or sign up for their quarterly newsletter, visit

About Michael Des Barres
Michael Des Barres has carved a path through show business and life like no other. He has played rock stars and been a rock star. He’s been a fictional DJ, and a real DJ with millions of listeners on Sirius XM. A singer with record deals over the course of five decades and an actor in over a hundred TV and movie appearances, chances are you know him and don’t know it. His documentary, Michael Des Barres: Who Do You Want Me To Be? Is available to watch now:

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