On today’s California Report Magazine, Scott Shafer interviews rock music critic Joel Selvin, familiar to Bay Area fans as the Chronicle’s longtime music critic, who retired in 2009.

In discussing his new book, Smart Ass: The Music Journalism of Joel Selvin, a compilation of pieces from the Chronicle and other publications, Selvin touched on California music figures like Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, Merle Haggard, the Grateful Dead, Steve Miller, and Tom Waits.

Listen to the complete web version of the interview below.

Scott Shafer interviews Joel Selvin


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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