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Dr. Demento

Dr. Demento - L.A. SongNet Guest

Respected musicologist and dedicated scholar, world-renowned record collector and music historian, whose lifelong passion for music of all kinds is reflected in his weekly selection of "rare records and outrageous tapes" his broadcasts, Barrett Hansen, our September guest is better known to the world as

Though Spike Jones was an early special favorite, the Doctor-to-be wasn't always a comedy specialist. As rock & roll swept America in the 1950s, he developed a special fondness for the music's roots in R&B and country. Over the years he's done quite a bit of writing in that area, including numerous magazine articles, liner notes and two chapters on early R&B for The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll.

Graduating as a (classical) music major from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, he
indulged his passion for the roots of rock by writing a master's thesis on the evolution of R&B in the 1940s and early 1950s at UCLA while making his L.A. radio debut with a program of pre-WWII blues and country on non-commercial station KPFK-FM.

When not on the air, the Doctor also keeps busy doing research projects (many for Rhino Records), making personal appearances, and keeping up the Archives. Among those who've commissioned him to provide rarities from the collection are Rhino Records, Time-Life Records, MCA Records and Columbia Records.

He's coming to SongNet thanks to Jim Potkey, who is one of our most active & talented members who brought the house to their feet @ the R&B showcase last month!

Yes, the Doctor wants to hear YOUR music, & not just funny stuff. He's a true musicologist that loves & respects ALL music. & if he likes your work, hey, you may be the next Cockroach that ate Cincinnati!

Doctor Demento @ SongNet
Sept 3rd 7:30 PM
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake Ave.
We recommend coming early, this one will fill up fast!

Dr. Demento - Biography





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