George Harrison in San Francisco: A Love-Haight Relationship

When George Harrison died on December 1, 2001, the phone started ringing – it was those damned media outlets again – before I had time to sort out my thoughts about him. I’d covered a tour of his for a Rolling Stone cover story in 1974.

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Why Linda Ronstadt Spent Valentine's Day Alone

So, here’s how I got to write a column in GQ.
As a kid daydreaming about one day writing for a big newspaper--and, as a teenager in Oakland, the Oakland Tribune rated as a big one--and being a columnist, like Bill Fiset, who did random items he picked up around town.

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Land of the Dead: San Francisco, Where It All Began

When in the mid-Sixties San Francisco came to represent nothing left to lose, there was a handful of identifiable pioneers that changed the face, the sound and the style of pop culture.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones!

In June, I got a call from Paul Wasserman, publicist for the Rolling Stones. Now, the Stones were known as one of the few bands that engaged a publicist for the purpose of keeping the press away.

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The Night Rock ‘n’ Roll Woke Nobody

Growing up trapped in a Chinese restaurant family in the Fifties and early Sixties, I had radio as my lifeline to the outside world—to music, to baseball, and to other wonders.

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