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Native Englishman John Broven has contributed some of the greatest and earliest scholarship to the standing history of Southern Louisiana music. His landmark “Rhythm & Blues in Louisiana” was published in 1974, and its follow-up, “South To Louisiana,” in 1983. In the 70’s and 80’s, Broven contributed liner notes to compilations and reissues of American rhythm & blues from Ace, Charly, EMI, Sonet and others. In the 90’s, he joined Ace Records full time, releasing over 250 well-known box sets and comilations, such as the 4-CD “The Excello Story” and “The Golden Age of American Rock n’Roll.” In 2009, he published “Record Makers & Breakers,” an exhaustive history of America’s independent rock n’roll pioneers.


Holly George-Warren is an award-winning writer, editor, book packager, producer, and music consultant. She is the author of “Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry” (Oxford University Press, 2007), “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years” (HarperCollins, Sept. 2009), “The Cowgirl Way” (Houghton Mifflin, spring 2010), and many others. She has cowritten several books including “The Road to Woodstock” (with Michael Lang, Ecco, July 2009.)

She also has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the Village Voice, Redbook, More, Entertainment Weekly, MOJO, Harp, the Oxford American, and many others. Her essay for the Gram Parsons anthology Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels (Rhino) won the 2002 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in liner notes.

George-Warren received a Grammy nomination (for Best Historical Recording) in 2001 for coproducing Rhino’s five-CD box set, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T: A Century of Women in Music”. She also coproduced the three-CD set “The Rolling Stone Women in Rock Collection” (Razor & Tie) and a series of CDs with the Lifetime network. In addition, she has served as an archivist for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and as a curator for the GRAMMY Museum. She is currently writing a biography of Alex Chilton, to be published by Viking Press in 2012.


As an entertainer and musician, Deke Dickerson has toured the world and established himself as one of the foremost purveyors of roots music, headlining festivals from Las Vegas to Finland. As a writer and music historian, he is well known for his regular column in Guitar Player magazine and recently authored two enormous essay projects for Bear Family’s 2007 Merle Haggard box sets. As an entrepreneur, Deke has partnered with Hallmark Guitars to produce the Deke Dickerson model guitar, as unique in its design as its namesake. As a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker, Deke has recorded songs that have been featured in a variety of movies, TV shows, and radio programs, from the Oscar-winning movie Sideways to HBO’s documentary Dirty Driving: Thundercars of Indiana and the hugely popular XM satellite radio show Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan. For this last, Deke not only contributed background guitar music but was also interviewed and quoted by Bob Dylan.


Lauren Onkey is Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the author of “Blackness and Transatlantic Irish Identity: Celtic Soul Brothers” (Routledge 2010) and teaches rock history courses at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University.


Jason Hanley is the Director of Education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Active in the music industry since 1988, Jason has performed on, composed for, and produced numerous recordings. He has taught at Hofstra University, the Stony Brook University, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University.


Kid Congo Powers, born 1960 in Los Angeles, California, USA, Chicano renegade guitar stylist, is first and foremost known for his work in such seminal musical entities as The Gun Club (which he co-founded with singer Jeffrey Lee Pierce), The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Congo Norvell. His latest band is Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds. On Allmusic.com, his “moods” are listed as rebellious, intense, uncompromising, dramatic, brooding, whimsical and sleazy, among others.


Rick Coleman's byline has appeared in Billboard, Rolling Stone and Goldmine. His short biography of Little Richard won the 1990 NAIRD India award. His book “Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock n’Roll,” the first full biography of Fats Domino, won the prestigious ASCAP-Deems Taylor award in 2007.


Chris Morris is a Los Angeles-based writer and DJ. He hosts the show Watusi Rodeo, which originated on L.A.'s Indie 103.1, on Scion Radio 17. Today a contributing writer at Daily Variety, he was previously music editor of The Hollywood Reporter and senior writer at Billboard. He was music columnist at Los Angeles CityBeat from 2003-2008, and music critic for the Los Angeles Reader from 1978-1996.

His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, Mojo, LA Weekly, the Chicago Reader, and other publications. Morris annotated Rhino Records’ punk rock boxed set No Thanks: The ‘70s Punk Rebellion, for which he received a 2005 Grammy Award nomination for best album notes. He was a contributing writer for L.A.'s Grammy Museum.


Michael Hurtt is a music journalist and longtime New Orleanian (currently transplanted to Detroit.) He was the author of a long-running column in OffBeat magazine and is a frequent contributor to MOJO. Hurtt is a founding member of the cult favorite frat-rock outfit the Royal Pendletons.


John Morthland began in music journalism as a record reviewer for Rolling Stone in San Francisco in the summer of 1969, and became an associate editor there later that year through late 1970. In 1974-5, he was editor of Creem in Detroit. For most of the 1970s and '80s he was a freelance writer who contributed to the full range of music magazines as well as to various other daily, weekly and monthly publications. His critical history The Best of Country Music was published by Doubleday/Dolphin in 1984. In the 1990s, his writing expanded to such other areas as food, travel, baseball and pop and regional culture. Since 1984 he has lived in Austin, Texas, where he is a writer at large for Texas Monthly and contributes freelance to a variety of other print and online publications. He is the editor of Mainlines, Blood Feasts and Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader, published by Random House/Anchor in 2004.


Ann Powers is the chief pop critic of the Los Angeles Times. She has devoted her life to thinking and writing about music, which is not what she always expected to do. That ringing in her ears is from too much time spent near the speakers. She is the co-author, with the artist, of “Tori Amos: Piece by Piece,” the author of “Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America” and co-editor of coeditor of Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap. Powers has been an editor and senior pop critic at the New York Times, the Village Voice and Blender magazine. She has also served as senior curator at the Experience Music Project in Seattle.


Andy Schwartz began writing about pop music circa 1972 as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, and later wrote a weekly column (“Blues, Rags, and Hollers”) for the alternative weekly Metropolis. He also worked behind the counter of the legendary Minneapolis record shop Oar Folkjokeopus. Soon after returning to New York in 1977, Andy became publisher and editor of New York Rocker, the punk/new wave magazine founded by the late Alan Betrock (1950-2000). Under Andy’s direction, NYR published 44 issues (through December 1982) and became the most widely-read and influential American publication of its kind.

Andy’s association with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame began in 1988; for the induction years 1989-1992, he served as editor of the program book published for the Hall’s annual induction dinner. Since 1993, he has been a frequent contributor to the program, writing artist biographies and essays on topics in pop music history. From 2001-2004, Andy was a research consultant to the Rock Hall’s Library & Archive project, exploring the files and papers of several veteran music-industry executives. In 2008, he was a major editorial contributor to the permanent exhibits of the Rock Annex in New York.

In December 2007, Greenwood Press published the two-volume reference work ICONS OF ROCK, co-written with Scott Schinder and featuring Andy’s essays on James Brown, Led Zeppelin, and Ray Charles. Among other current projects, Andy is the copywriter for Jazz Standard, one of Manhattan’s top jazz venues, writing artist descriptions for the club’s monthly calendar and its widely distributed brochure.


Dr. Ike is a vinyl fiend and anesthesiologist. He is an original member of the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau and founder and grand poobah of the Ponderosa Stomp.

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