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[audio:http://ww2.kqed.org/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2010/12/JoelSelvin.mp3]

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Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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