Elliot Mintz

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Elliot Mintz
Elliot Mintz Photograph by Jimmy Steinfeldt.jpg
Photo by Jimmy Steinfeldt
Born (1945-02-16) February 16, 1945 (age 74)
OccupationRadio personality, media consultant
Years active1963–2014

Elliot Mintz (born February 16, 1945) is an American consultant. In the 1960s and early 1970s Mintz was an underground radio DJ and host. In the 1970s he became a spokesperson for John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and took on other musicians and actors as clients as a publicist, including Bob Dylan. He later became the publicist for Paris Hilton.

Early life[edit]

Mintz was born in the Bronx borough of New York City on February 16, 1945. In 1963 he moved to California to attend Los Angeles City College, partly inspired by the film The Misfits,[1] where he studied broadcasting and began to do radio interviews. Early interviews by Mintz included Jayne Mansfield and Jack Lemmon. His first interview to be broadcast nationally came after the death of John F. Kennedy, when he discovered a classmate of his, Roland Bynum, had known Lee Harvey Oswald while in the US Marines together. The interview was the first character and background interview done about Oswald in the US, and was picked up by the national and international radio broadcast networks. He then became an underground radio D.J. in the 1960s.[2][3][4]

Radio and television career[edit]

From 1966 to 1968,[4] Elliot Mintz had two shows on KPFK in Los Angeles, California, Looking In and Looking Out.[5] The shows provided a platform for community conversation as well as for interviews Mintz would do with public figures. Each show would begin with a series of rhetorical questions, which listeners could call in to respond to.[6] When he started with KPFK, Mintz was the youngest talkshow host in the US, at the age of 21, broadcasting a nightly radio show on the station.[1] In 1971 he hosted a Kaiser Broadcasting syndicated television show called Headshop that integrated musical guests with film clips shot in and around Southern California.[3][7]

From 1973 to 1974, Mintz was the entertainment correspondent for Eyewitness News on KABC television in Los Angeles. He also worked on-air at KLAC (1968-69), KMET (1969), and KLOS (1970-71). During this part of his career he interviewed Hollywood actors and recording artists, and lived next door to Timothy Leary.[4][8] In 1980 Mintz received a California Associated Press, Television, and Radio Association award for his November 30, 1979 radio interview of an Iranian student at the American Embassy in Tehran during the Iran Hostage Crisis.[9] Mintz's interviews include those with Mort Sahl, Norman Mailer, Ray Bradbury, Alan Watts, Salvador Dali, Jack Lemmon, John Wayne, Groucho Marx,[1] Timothy Leary, Jack Nicholson,[10] Alan Ginsburg,[11] Jayne Mansfield, Raquel Welch, Karen Black,and musicians like John Lennon, Donna Summer, John Coltrane,[12] Stevie Wonder,[13] Ringo Starr, Alice Cooper, and Mick Jagger.[4]

Mintz was the host of the television interview show Head Shop, where he interviewed individuals including Kris Kristofferson.[14] He retired in 2014, upon which he released a website containing his past interviews for download. Other radio stations he worked for include KPPC, KABC, Earth News Radio, Innerview, and Westwood One.[12]

Public relations career[edit]

Elliot Mintz is a public relations person and spokesperson for individuals and corporate clients. His first client was Bobby Sherman during the 1960s.[11] He also represented John Lennon and Yoko Ono, whom he befriended in 1971. He joined their entourage throughout the 1970s and remains a spokesperson for both the John Lennon Estate and Ono.[2] Other clients of Mintz's have included Christie Brinkley,[15] Crosby, Stills and Nash,[16] Diana Ross,[17] Don Johnson,[18][19] Janet Jones,[20] Melanie Griffith,[21] and Bob Dylan.[22][23] During the 2000s Mintz represented Paris Hilton,[24] and appeared on her television show The Simple Life.[7]

John Lennon and Yoko Ono[edit]

Though not in a professional capacity, since the death of Lennon, Mintz has acted as a spokesperson for the Lennon estate.[2] In addition, while sifting through Lennon's belongings, he discovered hundreds of unreleased tape recordings including half-finished new songs, early versions of famous hits, and idle thoughts. Beginning in 1988, he hosted a weekly syndicated radio series based upon these recordings called The Lost Lennon Tapes, which was broadcast for about four years. After the show came to an end, Mintz began hosting the spinoff radio program The Beatle Years.[8] Mintz has appeared in feature documentaries about Lennon and Yoko Ono, including The U.S. vs. John Lennon, Imagine: John Lennon and The Real Yoko Ono. In 1985 he was a technical advisor on the television film John and Yoko: A Love Story.[7] He also authored an essay about his relationship with them published in 2005 in a book entitled Memories of John Lennon.[25]


  1. ^ a b c Paul Leslie. "Elliot Mintz: Media Consultant, Former Radio & Television Personality". 89.1 WBCX. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Marie-Joëlle Parent (October 30, 2008). "In the shadow of stars". Canoe. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Kyle Pope (August 27, 2006). "Walking Miss Hilton". The New York Times. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d Harvey Kubernik (2009). Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon. Sterling Publishing Company. p. 286. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  5. ^ http://www.pacificaradioarchives.org/projects/folios/6801kpfk/pdfs/6801kpfk.pdf, see schedule for the 27th at 10PM.
  6. ^ Matthew Lasar (2000). Pacifica Radio 2E. Temple University Press. p. 222. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "Elliot Mintz: Miscellaneous Crew". IMDB. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Claudia Puig (March 11, 1992). "'Lennon Tapes' Hits Its Last Reel : Radio: What began as a 2-year project ends four years later as host Elliot Mintz finishes his final 'Lost Lennon Tapes' show". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  9. ^ "Phone call to the occupied American embassy in Iran / by Elliot Mintz and Roy Tuckman". Pacifica Radio Archives. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  10. ^ "People: Mintz offering free access to celeb talks". The Spokesman-Review. May 19, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  11. ^ a b Valerie Milano (September 29, 2014). "Elliot Mintz Media Consultant and Broadcaster". The Hollywood Times. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  12. ^ a b Sandy Cohen (May 21, 2014). "Retiring host Elliot Mintz shares interviews free online". Associated Press. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  13. ^ "'Inner View' Now Offering Part 2 Stevie Wonder". Billboard Magazine. p. 20. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  14. ^ Michael Walker (2010). Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood. Macmillan. p. 76. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  15. ^ "Model Christie Brinkley, Husband Separate". Fox News Channel. July 12, 2006. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  16. ^ "Crosby gets new liver". Syracuse Herald-Journal. November 19, 1994. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  17. ^ "Diana Ross gives birth to fifth child". The Telegraph-Herald. August 26, 1988. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  18. ^ "Don Johnson, wife expecting a baby". USA Today. December 26, 2005. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  19. ^ "Don Johnson ends holdout". The Vindicator. June 21, 1986. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  20. ^ "HOCKEY; Lawyers Say Neither Gretzky Nor His Wife Will Be Charged". New York Times. February 17, 2006. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  21. ^ "Melanie Griffith faints at home". Gainesville Sun. May 28, 1993. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  22. ^ "Dylan's Change of Tune Riles Fans". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. October 17, 1996. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  23. ^ WILLIAM E. SCHMIDT (November 4, 1988). "Hibbing Journal; No Honor for the Home Of a Famed Native Son". New York Times. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  24. ^ Bryan Alexander (May 6, 2007). "Paris Hilton & Longtime Rep Part Ways". People Magazine. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  25. ^ Yoko Ono (2005). Memories of John Lennon. Harper Collins. Retrieved July 15, 2013.

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