Paul Liberatore will discuss Marin County’s fascinating rock heritage, including Mill Valley’s rich rock legacy at the Mill Valley Historical Society’ March First Wednesday Speaker Program. [details here] Longtime Mill Valley musician Jimmy Dillon will be on hand to add a musician’s point of view. Jimmy is the lead guitarist in Paul’s band, the Liberators, a group that also includes Mill Valley keyboard ace Austin de Lone.
Paul has covered the Marin music scene since 1973 and is considered the foremost
Paul Liberatore – Photo by Robert Sterling – Marin IJ
historian on Marin County rock and pop music.
After a six-year stint at the IJ in the 1970s, Paul worked as a reporter and assistant city editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, returning to the IJ in 1989. He currently writes general news features and a Friday music column under the signature Lib at Large.
Paul’s nonfiction book, “The Road to Hell,” an investigation of the Marin County Courthouse Shootout and the infamous case of Black Panther George Jackson and radical lawyer Stephen Bingham, was published by Atlantic Monthly Press and was a
Musician Joan Baez poses with Marin IJ reporter Paul Liberatore during a ceremony to honor Liberatore as the 2014 Marin Cultural Icon award winner. The reception took place at the Marin Civic Center on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (Courtesy of County of Marin)
New York Times Book of the Times. It has recently been optioned for a movie.
Raised in Southern California, Paul graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in political science. He has won numerous journalism awards, was honored with a Milley Award in 2004 for his contributions to the arts and culture of Mill Valley and became the eighth recipient of the County of Marin’s Cultural Treasure Award in 2014.
Paul Liberatore, center, is joined by musicians (from left) Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez and Ramlin’ Jack Elliott, as well as Wavy Gravy, right, during a ceremony to honor Liberatore as 2014 Marin Cultural Icon on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (Courtesy of County of Marin)