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Dirt Devils

''Celebrity Secrets'' exposes deep background information -- A new book goes inside the secret government files of Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, and others

''Celebrity Secrets'' exposes deep background information

God bless the Freedom of Information Act, which helped Nick Redfern produce Celebrity Secrets, a compendium of material on late stars, from declassified FBI files, military records, and other government sources. Take a look at these A-listers and the oft-unconfirmed dirt that Redfern dug up about them

Frank Sinatra
''Stated that he was neurotic, afraid to be in crowds, afraid to go in elevator, makes him feel that he would want to run when surrounded by people.''

Jimi Hendrix
''Misses bed check; sleeps while supposed to be working; unsatisfactory duty performance.... Was caught masturbating by members of platoon. He appears to be an extreme introvert.''

John Denver
''It was alleged [he] was pretty well strung out on cocaine.''

Rock Hudson
''Files of guests' names were confiscated during the raid and as a result, many prominent individuals have reportedly been revealed as apparently participants in these orgies.''

Dean Martin
''A confidential source who has supplied reliable information in the past advised...that [he] had made an extremely obscene phonograph record.''

Originally posted Feb 16, 2007 Published in issue #922 Feb 23, 2007 Order article reprints