Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee talks about hepatitis C

I just had the great pleasure of meeting a man who guided the early years of some of the most sensational music of the Baby Boom generation.

Andrew Loog Oldham started managing the Rolling Stones in 1963, when they were first stomping their feet on the world stage. He has also produced many rock and roll hits and has written books about his life before, during, and after the Rolling Stones. Andrew was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year.

We enjoyed chai tea together yesterday at Terra Breads in Olympic Village, Vancouver. Andrew was looking fit and relaxed. He had just come back from sessions of pilates and rolfing. He is in his second week of Harvoni treatment.

Thirty years after he ended his time with the Stones, Andrew learned he had hepatitis C. His drug-using days were over and he was dedicated to getting healthy. Doctors recommended interferon treatment, but he instinctively stayed away from it, he said.

Chances are close to perfect that Andrew won’t have hep C much longer. Chances also are that you will want to read the book he is writing about his life and experience with hepatitis C. I’ll let you know when it’s available.

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