Working with and writing about some of the key and most influential artists in American music history, these writers will be sharing the story of American rock from the inside out, including how it intersects with the vagaries of politics, publicity and power.
Dennis McNally was the Grateful Dead’s publicist and official biographer. His books include “Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation, and America,” “A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead,” and “On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom.”
Peter Richardson teaches humanities and American Studies at San Francisco State University. His books include “No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead” and “A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America.”
Joel Selvin is a music critic and author whose San Francisco Chronicle column ran from 1972 to 2009. His books include the bestselling “Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock with Sammy Hagar,” “Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns,” and “The Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues.”