It's been a long time since I've blogged in the Red Room -- mainly because of the Quincy Jones book I'm supposed to be writing, and because of the radio show I'm doing. So I'll blog to invite authors and photographers to be go on the air with me.
The show is "Backstage," and it's on KFRC here in San Francisco. That's a legendary set of call letters in these parts. In the mid-Sixties, it became a powerhouse Top 40 station. Four decades later, it's playing "classic hits," meaning rock and R&B of (mostly) the '70s. But my show, which airs twice on Sundays (and streams live), and has been running since October, is sans format. Yes, it's mostly music, and I can't very well mash Mozart into Metallica, but I create my own themes and sub-themes to fill each two-hour show, and I can roam beyond the "classic hits" parameters. Count Basie, doo-wop, Patsy Cline, Norah Jones, Shelby Lynne; songs about cats and dogs; mothers and baseball; one-hit wonders; an hour of fave female artists.
So, where might you come in? I've found it fun hosting writers and photographers--especially those with books that deal with music. It's easy to mix stories about musicians with songs, and it's made for entertaining radio. I began with photographers like Jim Marshall, Baron Wolman (Classic Rock & Other Rollers), Henry Diltz (California Dreaming), Robert Altman (The Sixties) and Lynn Goldsmith (Rockers).
Music biographers are a natural, depending on the subject. Paul Myers, author of It Ain't Easy, a book about Long John Baldry, was an excellent guest. Long John who? He was a British blues pioneer who worked with the very young Rod Stewart, Elton John, Eric Clapton, and members of the Stones, Beatles and Fleetwood Mac. Great music + well-told stories = good radio. On Mother's Day, I had Sheila Weller (Girls Like Us), telling stories about Carly Simon, Carole King and Joni Mitchell. Another excellent guest was Pattie Boyd (Wonderful Tonight). And when I was in New York the other week, I visited Phil Ramone, the legendary record producer, to grab a quote about his buddy, Quincy Jones, and to talk, for "Backstage," about his book, Making Records. Couldn't be easier. He chats about Phoebe Snow; I play "San Francisco Bay Blues." He recalls working with Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Dusty Springfield, and each story leads into a great song. I also popped into the Morrison Hotel Art Gallery in the Bowery and talked with Bob Gruen (John Lennon: The New York Years).
I edit the interviews into short & sweet bites, about a minute or so each, so that music dominates. (If you'd like to hear how these pieces turn out, just go to www.KFRC.com, where past shows are archived under "On Demand.")
So, if you recently published a book that might work for the program, just let me know. I'm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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