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I'm back from an amazing week in San Francisco and I feel the trip deserves a bloggy type note. The Bay Area truly rolled out the red carpet and it was killer to see so many old friends, meet new friends, and celebrate GUD in S.F.

Wednesday I did a cool interview with the ever-supportive David Gans on KPFA in Berkeley. The interview lasted for an hour and along the way I read sections from the book followed by David playing the corresponding shows/songs. David is also going to chop up the interview and use it for broadcast on his nationally syndicated Grateful Dead Hour (perhaps he already has... he works fast!)

Thurs morning I did an interview on KFOG that was really fun. KFOG is the *huge* rock station in S.F. so the audience was massive. The crew there was really upbeat and we had great banter for 15-20 minutes. I hope they post it online because it was a really loose and fun interview. On my way to the interview I picked up a San Francisco Chronicle and was thrilled to see a 1/2 page interview/article in their weekend section with accompanying book cover and author photo. A really well-written and positive article that jumped right off the page - it also listed all my readings for the week.

Here's a link to the article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/03/NS0117TGPA.DTL

The Thurs and Friday night readings at Books Inc and Book Passages (respectively) were well-attended and I loved talking to everyone afterwards. Book Passages is in Corte Madera, so that also gave us an opportunity to get outside the city and check out the beautiful Marin, etc. After Book Passages on Friday (and a great dinner with Alison and Jode) we scooted back into San Francisco for the book party/reading/concert at Giordano Bros. There was a great crowd there and the band played acoustic Grateful Dead while I read a few passages from the book. The band played all night long and a great time was had by all.

All in all, San Francisco welcomed me and GUD with open arms. I had some great conversations with long-time Deadheads from the '60s all the way through today, and it was amazing getting to kick around San Fran for a few days.

So many people to thank for this trip that I don't want to start for fear of leaving someone out (Stephen, Alison, Jode, Sadie, Jason, David, Pat (who drove from Eugene for Friday's gig!)... ah, too many, too many - thanks to one and all!

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KFOG is a ROCK station?!

KFOG is a ROCK station?! Last time I was there, it was elevator music. Guess that shows my age. :)

I have to admit, San Francisco underground radio in the late 1960s was awesome. I was a regular listener of KOIT...."Hello, this is Mother KOIT, comin' atcha." What a babe! I don't think she played anything less than an entire album side...ever. :) Wonder whatever happened to her. I think she was my first crush. :)


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That's funny, Eric—for as long as I've been paying attention, KFOG has been rock, while KOIT has been elevator music.

Huntington Sharp, Red Room

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Our illustrious Ben

Our illustrious Ben Fong-Torres (presumably another ancient-of-days San Franciscan) informs me Mother KOIT was none other than Gale Garnett, once-famed singer of "We'll Sing in the Sunshine."   What a strange, connected world, eh?

I haven't lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1969, but it's amazing how the "vibes" of that time are still pretty much part of my spinal cord.   I wrote about this in an essay that's on my member page "The City-State of Silicon Valley."

As far as radio stations are concerned, I think the end of independent broadcasting occurred the day Clear Channel Communications hoisted their jolly roger over every major market.  They made a total mockery of the FCC's long-standing duopoly rules.....well, don't get me started on that!  I'm glad I was in broadcasting when I was, and glad I'm out now.

 We now return you to our regularly scheduled posts!