San Francisco resident Richie Unterberger is the author of numerous rock history books, including Unknown Legends of Rock’n’Roll and a two-part history of 1960s folk-rock, Turn! Turn! Turn! and Eight Miles High. His book The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film won a 2007 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. His latest books are White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day and Won’t Get Fooled Again: The Who from Lifehouse to Quadrophenia. Turn! Turn! Turn! and Eight Miles High have now been revised/updated/expanded and combined into the ebook Jingle Jangle Morning, which adds a 75,000-word new bonus mini-book.
He is also author of The Rough Guide To Music USA, a guidebook to the evolution of regional popular music styles throughout America in the 20th century; The Rough Guide To Jimi Hendrix; The Rough Guide to Seattle; and (as co-author) The Rough Guide to Shopping with a Conscience. He is a frequent contributor to MOJO and Record Collector, and has written hundreds of liner notes for CD reissues. Since 2011, he’s taught courses on rock music history at the College of Marin. He lives in San Francisco.
He gives regular presentations on rock and soul history throughout the Bay Area incorporating rare vintage film clips and audio recordings, at public libraries and other venues. Since summer 2011, he has taught community education courses at the College of Marin on the Beatles, San Francisco rock of the 1960s and 1970s, and the history of rock from 1955 to 1980. For more info, go to richieunterberger.com.
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I am a big fan of your writings. You may just be the best music writer since Paul Williams.
been reading your reviews since OP days! Tipped me off to many garage comps. I’m glad to have come across this blog, via an Ugly Things link.
Hello Richie. Thanks for having me. I too, became aware of your blog via the UT link. All the best, Russ
We live in Marin. Wanting to keep with information on outdoor hikes and would like to come to any talks that you might be participating in.
Thanks for your great efforts with an interesting blog. Have been slowly developing a blog to share bits from the Bonici archives besides speaking with those who experienced a music happening in the north of Scotland. It was good for me growing up near San Francisco at the time but wife’s experiences were compelling enough to look into what uncle Albert was up to. Make sure and check out Beatles bits…
Fine work Richie. I still think about OP magazine.
Thanks. You’re the same Brian? Wow, it’s more than 30 years since I saw you in San Francisco.
got here looking for some Peter Green stuff, glad to find it here, tried to put up your list on spotify, some songs where not available but did my best, thx for your awesome effort
Greetings Richie….Back in 68-69 I was a member of the Elephants Memory…We did several film projects ( one with Ultra Violet) and a Ban Roll On radio commercial …I would like to find out current info. about these projects…If you or anyone has an interest, please contact me via E- mail for history details on this.
Regards, Chester Ayers
I’ve long enjoyed Richie’s books and liner notes and reviews. For a guy “born too late” for his music’s first time around, you’d think he lived through every minute. My admiration for him is unlimited.
good program last week
I lived through the era and my fanaticism never lessened. I bored many friends with Love, Moby Grape and other stories. While Ugly Things and others are great Richie was there. Age means nothing. He was and is more there than any of my friends ever were. The exception may be Lew Shiner. New run don’t walk to your Amazon app and get Lew’s “Beyond the Gates of Eden”. The story is great. The eclectic references make it perfect. Richie keep writing. Keep hope alive. As I told you, You are the Lebron James of Rock writing. Ok to some it would be the MJ
I would like to be informed of all new blog postings. Thanks, Robert Wolfson .