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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Title: Richie Unterberger Collection
    Creator: Unterberger, Richie
    source: Unterberger, Richie
    Identifier/Call Number: ARS.0082
    Identifier/Call Number: 761
    Physical Description: 5.25 Linear Feet : 257 audio cassette(s), 1 cd rom, 436 computer file(s) (42.1 megabytes)
    Date (bulk): 1990-2010
    Abstract: The items that comprise this collection are interviews that Richie Unterberger conducted in support of his many books, articles, and liner notes. The interviews primarily cover rock music of the 1960s and 1970s.


    Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive of Recorded Sound for assistance.

    Source of acquisition

    The Richie Unterberger Collection was donated to the Archive of Recorded Sound by Richie Unterberger in 2011.

    Biographical / Historical

    Richie Unterberger is the author of numerous rock history books, including "Unknown Legends of Rock'n'Roll" and a history of 1960s folk-rock, "Jingle Jangle Morning." His book "The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film" won a 2007 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. His other books include "White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day" and "Won't Get Fooled Again: The Who from Lifehouse to Quadrophenia." He gives regular presentations on rock and soul history throughout the Bay Area incorporating rare vintage film clips and audio recordings, at public libraries and other venues. He teaches courses on rock history at the University of San Francisco-affiliated Fromm Institute, the College of Marin, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute branches in San Francisco, San Rafael, Berkeley, and Santa Clara. He has also written several hundred liner notes for reissues on various labels, including Rhino, Universal, Collectors' Choice, and Real Gone Music.
    Adapted from a biography provided by Richie Unterberger.

    Cite as

    Richie Unterberger Collection, ARS-0082. Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA.

    Scope and contents

    The Richie Unterberger collection consists of audio cassette recordings and electronic documents comprised of cassette interview transcripts and email interviews. The interviewees include pop culture musicians, managers, music producers, record executives, and journalists. These interviews are source material for many of Mr. Unterberger's books including "Unknown legends of Rock 'n' roll", "White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day", "Turn! Turn! Turn!: The 60s Folk-Rock Revolution" and others.


    Property rights reside with repository. Publication and reproduction rights reside with the creators or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Head Librarian of the Archive of Recorded Sound.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Folk-rock music
    Rock music -- England
    Psychedelic rock music
    Velvet Underground (Musical group)
    Who (Musical group)
    Unterberger, Richie