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Kenny Weissberg

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Kenny has been a music junkie since he got his first transistor radio at age seven. Born and raised in New Jersey, he headed west in thousand-mile increments.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, he moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 1971, quickly becoming an integral part of the music and media communities. He spent six years as a morning DJ/talk show host at KRNW and was an original on-air personality at both KBCO and KGNU (which he cofounded in 1978). Kenny was also the first-ever rock critic for the Daily Camera (1976–1980), a contributor to many Boulder/Denver publications, and the lead singer/guitarist for Kenny & the Kritix (1980–1983).

In 1983, he moved to San Diego, where he produced the internationally acclaimed Hump
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Thanks for taking the time to read "Off My Rocker." It took me about eight years to write it. I've started work on a new book . . . hopefully I'll finish it before 2024! I'm staring at my wall of music memoirs and see famous names like John Fogerty (I'm currently reading "Fortunate Son"), Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Johnny Cash, Tom Jones, ad infinitum . . . but the absolute best I've read recently is "Hitless Wonder" by Joe Oestreich, a rock 'n' roll lifer who formed a band (Watershed) in his teens and refuses to give up on his dream 30 years later despite all the swerves, tumult and disappointment on his band's journey. A fantastic book.(less)
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1970s Ramones & Kraftwerk

When KRNW-FM shut its doors on April 1, 1977, it was the end of freeform radio in Boulder. The rock music station KBCO-FM began its storied run a few months later with a format that emphasized the “Colorado sound.” In deference to the KRNW audience, they gave me a six-hour show on Sunday nights and encouraged me to be myself (i.e., “Be different!”). I took advantage of their largesse, and ins...

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"Loved this book that is all about music! It's a true story of the author's many years as a DJ and concert producer, and he has lots of great stories. He booked a lot of famous musicans over the years, and we hear stories of which ones were a pleas..." Read more of this review »
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“I had enough of a story churning in my head that combined all the elements of the day—the interview, the concert, the after-party’s private session—when he put his guitar away and asked me if I had ever experimented with homosexuality. Talk about unexpected segues. Letting him know that I had not and wasn’t about to, I successfully changed the subject by asking him to give me a condensed account about traveling to Mississippi in search of Bukka White.”
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“announced that Otis Redding and the Bar-Kays would be performing in Madison, two friends and I cut class and raced to the Factory, where we plunked down three bucks apiece for tickets. In the weeks leading up to the concert, Steve Kruvant, Rick Kleiner, and I wore out the grooves of Otis’s Live in Europe LP. From the emcee’s introductory cheerleading (“Gimme an O!”) to the final horn blasts”
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“I had enough of a story churning in my head that combined all the elements of the day—the interview, the concert, the after-party’s private session—when he put his guitar away and asked me if I had ever experimented with homosexuality. Talk about unexpected segues. Letting him know that I had not and wasn’t about to, I successfully changed the subject by asking him to give me a condensed account about traveling to Mississippi in search of Bukka White.”
Kenny Weissberg, Off My Rocker: One Man’s Tasty, Twisted, Star-Studded Quest for Everlasting Music




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