Taylor Van Arsdale
Author, Taylor Van Arsdale


1986… Hollywood, at the peak of the cocaine-fueled, hair-band era that swept through the 80’s like a screeching guitar solo on a double-necked custom Gibson. Taking a gig as the first Check-In girl at Guitar Center on the Sunset Strip, journalist Taylor Van Arsdale was given a front row seat to the parade of dreamers, druggies and misfits that came flocking to the iconic LA store. But in this world of — yes — sex drugs and rock n’ roll, lies the story of a young girl discovering herself, making mistakes, falling in and out of love, and becoming a woman. Rife with sexual tension, emotional crises, and laugh-out-loud moments, Cocaine To Bain is an eye-opening view of coming of age in a time and place like no other.


Cocaine To Bain

Part fiction / part memoir—and the first of three books—Cocaine To Bain snorts and grinds its way through sexual dalliances and love triangles, through celebrity encounters and mental breakdowns and does so during the unexpected corporate handover of Guitar Center.

“The plethora of Rock bios ends here. From the epicenter of the Guitar center, Taylor weaves a backstage story that will turn your view of this hallowed place into an Electric church. Her tales sizzle with authenticity, carnality and truth. Read it with a friend.”
Michael Des Barres—Artist, Musician, Poet

All photographs courtesy of Taylor Van Arsdale with the exception of the PCH & Whisky A-Go-Go slider photos taken by Chi Lee. Book cover art by Brendan Hemp.