11 Jan On the Beat: Music Writers
Join three acclaimed writers as they discuss their own explorations of the music industry, from biographies to noir fiction to membership in the most successful all-female rock band in history.
Nelson George is an established author, filmmaker, and producer with a passion for telling stories of the black experience in America. His novels include The Plot Against Hip Hop, To Funk and Die in LA and the latest, The Darkest Hearts, all on Akashic Books. His award-winning nonfiction includes The Death of Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop America, and the collection of his early music journalism, The Nelson George Mixtape, recently published by Pacific Books.
Holly George-Warren is a two-time Grammy nominee, and the award-winning author of sixteen books, including the New York Times bestseller The Road to Woodstock (with Michael Lang) and the biographies A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton and Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry. George-Warren serves on the nominating committee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and teaches at the SUNY New Paltz. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, singer and writer Robert Burke Warren. Janis: Her Life and Music is her latest book.
Kathy Valentine has been a working musician and songwriter for over 40 years, since starting her first band, at age 16, in her hometown of Austin. After moving to Los Angeles, Kathy joined The Go-Go’s. Kathy wrote or co-wrote some of the band’s most renowned tunes, including the hits “Vacation” and “Head Over Heels.” She returned to Austin in 2006 as a public speaker, spokesperson, producer, and mentor. Kathy’s greatest loves are her daughter Audrey, writing, music, and travel. All I Ever Wanted: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir is her first book.
Get a Full Festival pass and you’ll get to take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.