It seems that everyone in the music business has a unique story of how they broke into the industry, but no one can say they had a hand -
or two - in rock `n' roll history quite like Dot Stein. Known as the "rock `n' roll masseuse", famously known as Dr. Dot, has tended to the
musical elite for nearly three decades. The Connecticut native, aka Dr. Dot - a nickname given to Stein by Frank Zappa in 1988 - is a
self-described "rock chick" who, as a teenager, wanted to meet her musical heroes, but without trading sexual favors. To get backstage,
she would offer massages, which she had been perfecting since she was 5 years old. Her hippie parents were only 17 when she was born and
massage and music were a family ritual. Dr. Dot was raised on rock and roll and massage.
"I chose massage rather than the usual groupie route," says Dr. Dot. "I wanted to hang out with the Rock stars; I wanted to know what they
were like. I wanted to meet the people who wrote the lyrics to the music I loved so much" (for example, she has met: Paul McCartney,
Frank Zappa, Roger Waters- all Dr. Dot's mentors).
After building a reputation as an amazing massage therapist (some call her the Pit Bull of Massage as her hands are THAT strong), in 1983,
Dr. Dot began to follow one of her favorite groups on tour, the Grateful Dead. She's seen them over 300 times for free. Even during high
school, all school breaks were spent either on Dead tour or a Ramones tour (that's another long story).
"The Dead would always give me free tickets and passes in exchange for massages", she says. At one concert, she met a clothing vendor
from Germany who she says looked exactly like John Lennon."I immediately fell in love with him," she says. Six months later, after
becoming pregnant, Dr. Dot became determined to leave the rock lifestyle behind, and she moved to Germany to raise their daughter together.
She lived in Berlin from 1989 to 2002 non stop and has since been going back and forth from Berlin to NYC, now that the little one has grown
up. She massaged rock/popstars for free from 1983 to 1994, just to get into shows for free. Her hobby turned into her career. She has seen
over 3,000 concerts for free, so, mission was more than accomplished.
Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones was her first paying client. He insisted she take money for the "amazing massage" and she's never looked
back. Naturally she went to massage school and learned the trade properly but massaging backstage for 11 years for free, earned her priceless
connections. The artists and their managers are not just clients, they are her friends. They KNOW they are in the best hands when Dr. Dot is
on the case. Dr. Dot currently has over 500 "Dot Bots" on her team, world wide. Everyone on the team is certified, qualified and are dedicated
to healing. Everyone hired has been auditioned to ensure quality. Dr Dot cannot clone herself or be everywhere at the same time BUT she knows
her team will treat her clients as good as she would personally. She would put her hand in fire for her Dot Bots. One more thing: She lives for music.
I am a Libra, born in Manchester, Ct, USA.
My parents were both 17 when I was born and they were hippies, flower children, so to speak. They listened to the music of Janis Joplin,
the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and others. They taught me at a very early age to walk on their backs and massage their feet.
At age five I already was busy walking on my families backs and showing off my tiny strong hands. Music and massage were very important
to me already as a child. My parents brought me to many concerts, like Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, Melanie, etc.
As I became a teenager I still wanted to continue going to concerts but my parents were not so interested in concerts or supporting
my habit of two to three concerts per week, anymore. I had clever ways to sneak into shows, for example taping two old concert-ticket
stubs together and getting in or having people open the side doors from inside, etc.
I wanted to meet the musicians, not just be in the audience, so I came up with the idea to go early to the concert halls and ask the roadies, management
and musicians if they wanted to trade back or feet massages for tickets and passes. This was obviously a good idea and my massage is through word of
mouth, known to be the best massage around. Naturally I don't trade anymore, it's now my profession. Meet the lady who took her two passions (music
and massage) and made an exciting career and book about it!
I have seen over 3000 concerts in my life, so far. After about 500 I thought I should stop and become serious and studied photography at the University of
New Hampshire. The Grateful Dead played three concerts in Hartford, CT on April 2nd, 3rd and 4th 1988. I couldn't resist, went and on the second
day I met a boy who changed my whole life. A German who looks like John Lennon. So I quit the UNH, put all my belongings (once again) in storage
and started yet another round with the Grateful Dead (I massaged the drummers on tour, so tickets were never a problem).
The German boy and I went on the Dead tour together. The rest is history, the German boy and I are still good friends. We share our beautiful daughter
Jasmine and live close to each other since 1989 in Berlin, Germany where I'm famous for being Dr. Dot, Celebrity Masseuse and Confidant.
In 2002 I decided to move to NYC. I still have a flat in Berlin and have A LOT going on there, so I fly back and forth just about every other month. I am happy my Massage
Team is growing, so if I can not personally massage my clients, one of my trusty, highly trained assistants can take care of them.I would put my hand in fire for each and
every one of them and can guarantee high quality treatment from everyone on my team. I suggest to everyone to take your hobby and try and turn it into your career and you
shall find true happiness and contentment, like I have. Live, Love, and Laugh.