October First Wednesday Talk: Mill Valley’s Golden Age of Rock and Roll
He regularly presents events featuring rare rock films in the San Francisco Bay area and elsewhere, at public libraries and other venues. These include the main public libraries of San Francisco, Seattle, Portland Oregon, and San Jose, as well as the Andy Warhol Museum and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Organizations interested in having him present such events can contact him through this website. Since summer 2011, he’s taught courses on the Beatles, the history of rock music from 1955-1980, and San Francisco 1960s rock for the College of Marin’s community education program.
He has also contributed travel and music pieces to various publications, including MOJO, Record Collector, Pulse, rollingstone.com, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Rough Guide to Rock, The Rough Guide Book of Playlists, the East Bay Express, 100 Albums That Changed Music, the Oxford American, the Daily Telegraph, No Depression, Ugly Things, Flashback, American Songwriter, and Perfect Sound Forever. He has written liner notes to several hundred CD reissues for the Collectors’ Choice Music, Sundazed, Rhino, Shout Factory, Water, 4 Men With Beards, Sunbeam, Raven, Stax, Beatball, Real Gone, and Top Sail labels. He is among the journalists interviewed for recent film documentaries on the Byrds, Tim Buckley, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, the Doors, Neil Young, and the genesis of New York underground rock in the 1960s and 1970s. He has traveled to more than thirty countries, and is a passionate advocate of independent travel and alternative culture in general. He lives in San Francisco.
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