Conversations

“It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.” – Yogi Berra

I don’t think we’re conversing enough. It never ceases to amaze me what I learn from people when they share their stories, especially music stories with origins to San Jose and Santa Clara Valley (a.k.a. Silicon Valley). Through San Jose Rocks, I will share stories, shared with me, that explore the experiences of creative people who have made unique contributions to the soundtrack of our world.

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Conversations

Welcome to Conversations. We’re just getting started. I will periodically share conversations I’ve had with people over the years who shared their unique San Jose/Silicon Valley music stories with me. Stay tuned for more.

The Syndicate of Sound’s Bob Gonzalez, Part 1 of 5

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”.

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Roy Chaney (of Count V fame), has a New Single Coming Out Soon

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.

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A Conversation with San Jose’s John Tristao

John’s musical journey with The Doors, Janis Joplin, PEOPLE!, The Gong Show, and Boswell’s in Campbell.

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Greg Kihn

98.5 KFOX’ Greg Kihn & Chris Jackson on San Jose Rocks.

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. 

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Lindsey Buckingham: On-air with Greg Kihn, 98.5 KFOX

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.

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Cash in the Beatles

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.

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Meet Lee Kopp

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.

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Upcoming Conversations

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.

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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.

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