“It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.” – Yogi Berra
We don’t think we’re conversing enough. It never ceases to amaze me what I\we learn from people when they share their stories, especially music stories with origins to San Jose and Santa Clara Valley. Through San Jose Rocks, we will share stories, shared with us, that explore the experiences of creative people who have made unique contributions to the soundtrack of our world.
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A look back. A look forward.Read More
Bob discusses the: formation of Syndicate of Sound, influences of R&B; teen clubs; Battles of the Bands; SOS’s 1966 Top 10 hit ‘Little Girl’; and SOS’s “Business Plan”.Read More
A brief conversation with Roy Chaney and his songwriter colleague Larry Waters at Robert Berry’s SoundTek Studios in Campbell. They’re putting finishing touches on a new single Roy and Larry are releasing soon.Read More
John’s musical journey with The Doors, Janis Joplin, PEOPLE!, The Gong Show, and Boswell’s in Campbell.Read More
A fairly thorough overview about San Jose/Silicon Valley’s role in shaping the music industry and plans for a San Jose Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. While San Jose Rocks’ plans have changed, the stories are fun to share.Read More
Some good storytelling with Greg Kihn and Chris Jackson of 98.5 KFOX. Stevie Knicks, San Jose State, El Burro and The Pruneyard in Campbell.Read More
Hear the behind-the-scenes story, told by San Josean Connie LoBue, of how San Jose concert promoter Paul Catalana raised the money, just to have the conversation with the U.S. tour’s advance team, to bring the Beatles to the Cow Palace in Daly City, CA on the Beatles first stop on their 1964 U.S. Tour.Read More
The radio station that gave birth to the world’s first broadcasting station and disk jockey, gave birth to San Jose actor and master harp player, Lee Kopp.Read More
Downtown San Jose: The 80s. The 90s.
From adult bookstores and tumble weed to a destination spot for original music, thriving live music scene: Nirvana, Meat Puppets, Pearl Jam , Stone Temple Pilots , Green Day, Pixies, Weezer, No Doubt, Social Distortion, Rancid and Faction.
Dec 4, 1965: What a Night!
A conversation about the convergence of the Grateful Dead’s first performance as the Grateful Dead, Ken Kesey’s acid test, the Rolling Stones, and San José City Hall.