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The Bay Area’s status as a rock & roll mecca may have peaked during the psychedelic sixties, but the party didn’t stop after the hippies took the flowers out of their hair. Following the height of the Haight-Ashbury scene, a wild diversity of styles and iconic performers continued to emerge from this region’s clubs, cafes, and even churches. These locations are compiled in “Rock and Roll Explorer Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area,” a new book that traces the rise of groups ranging from The Pointer Sisters to Primus by literally following in these superstars’ footsteps. 

This episode features an interview with authors Mike Katz and Crispin Kott about the geographic history of Bay Area rock & roll and also explores the profound ways this terrain has shifted over the past few decades. If you want to hear about how they tracked down all the East Bay landmarks mentioned in Green Day lyrics, why Metallica ditched L.A. for the Bay, and much more, listen to the full episode via Apple, SoundCloud, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts.

“Explorer Guide” includes vintage flyers from dozens of long-defunct venues. To hear how Katz and Kott tracked down the artifacts captured in their book, listen to the full episode here.
Sly & The Family Stone posed atop “The Mid-Century Monster” statue on the shores of Lake Merritt for this classic album cover.
The cover photo for CCR’s “Willie and the Poor Boys” album was shot at the corner of Hollis and Peralta Street in West Oakland. The Duck Kee Market sign mysteriously vanished in 1998. This is just one of the many local landmarks catalogued in Katz and Kott’s “Explorer Guide.”

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