The Legendary Mechanics Library is hosting an online conference, Tuesday, 26 at 6 p.m., titled “Youth Gone Wild: The Intersection of Music, Art, and Rebellion.” Sign up here for the free Zoom link!
Hosted by Liam O’Donoghue, host of the East Bay Yesterday podcast and KPFA presence, the conference will feature local author Samantha Durbin talking about her book Raver Girl: Coming of Age in the 90sskateboarder turned poetic writer José Vadi de Inter State: California Trialsand our own Marke B. of which In the streets: the visual history of a youth’s protest in the United States is now in its second printing in an enlarged edition, and of which Queer: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens remains a bestseller in its genre after a decade, two editions and several printings. More information below!
Youthful rebellion is often described as “a phase” destined to fade as we become responsible adults, but perhaps this rite of passage shouldn’t be dismissed so easily. – Perhaps there is much to be learned from exploring this period of heightened emotions, energy and idealism?
Marke Bieschke, Samantha Durbin and José Vadi are three Bay Area authors who approach the intersecting themes of youth, rebellion and history in their recent books, albeit from very different angles. by Bieschke In the streets: the visual history of a youth’s protest in the United States is a powerful tour of activist movements for the next generation of political leaders. from Durbin Raver Girl: Coming of Age in the 90s is a memoir of transition out of a protected childhood by immersing oneself in the rowdy world of underground parties. And that of Vadi Inter State: California Trials deftly weaves stories of skateboarding and poetry with reflections on family history, immigration, and the ever-changing landscape of the so-called Golden State. Across this vast terrain of subject matter, these books all overlap with an appreciation of how art and music propel personal and political narratives.
Through a conversation moderated by East Bay Yesterday host Liam O’Donoghue, these authors will explore how revisiting their formative years has informed their writing, the dangers of nostalgia, harnessing the power of creative expression, and even more.
Liam O’Donoghue is the host and producer of the KPFA radio show and podcast East Bay Yesterday and co-creator of the Long Lost Oakland map. His journalism has appeared in outlets such as SF Gate, KQED, Berkeleyside, Oaklandside, Mother Jones, Lounge, East Bay Expressand the NPR syndicated program Instant judgment. In 2018, he was honored by the East Bay Express as “the best journalist turned historian” and received a “Partners in Preservation Award” from the Oakland Heritage Alliance. O’Donoghue has given numerous presentations on local history at libraries, schools, and bookstores and throughout the Bay Area, as well as institutions such as the California Historical Society, Hearst Museum, Oakland Museum of California and the Berkeley City Club.
Samantha Durbin is a multifaceted writer from Oakland, California. His work has appeared in POPSUGAR, PureWow, The San Francisco Chronicle, Miss Grass, The Bold Italic, and more. She also writes and consults for brands and individuals and has a soft spot for start-ups looking to make their voices heard in the noisy world of the internet. His first book, Raver Girl coming of age in the 90schronicles his adventures through adolescence and the 90s San Francisco Bay Area raver scene. Raver Girl is available wherever books are sold. (samantha-durbin.com, Insta)
Jose Vadi is the author of Inter State: Essays from California. An award-winning essayist, poet and playwright, his work has appeared in the Paris Review, PBS NewsHour, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic and Pop-Up Magazine. (josevadi.com | @vadiparty)
Marc Bieschke is the publisher and art editor of the independent local news site 48 Hills and the historic alternative weekly The Bay Guardian. He is co-owner of the Stud bar and is the author of Queer: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens and In the streets: the visual history of a youth’s protest in the United States. His writing for DJ Magazine, Red Bull Music Academy, Them, The Advocate and other media focuses on nightlife and queer history. He is one of the contributors to the next Oxford Handbook of Electronic Dance Music, and lives in Lower Haight with her husband and way too much physical media.