Cerphe Colwell began his career on WHFS 102.3 radio, one of the first freeform stations in the United States. He helped promote the early careers of Bruce Springsteen, Lowell George and Little Feat, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Frank Zappa and many other rock high fliers of the 20th century. Cerphe’s radio resume includes WAVA, DC101 and WJFK. He is as passionate about green living as he is about music. Named “Greenest DJ in America” and appointed to the Global Advisory Committee by Earth Day Network, Cerphe is now heard globally on MusicPlanetRadio.com. He lives with his wife Susan in Leesburg, Va.
Cerphe Colwell at the 2017 GBF:Program: Ben Greenman – Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:05 pm
Location: Gertrude Stein Pavilion
Signing Time: 2:15 pm
Author Website: http://musicplanetradio.com/
Cerphe’s Up is an incisive musical memoir by Cerphe Colwell, a renowned rock radio broadcaster for more than forty-five years in Washington, DC. Cerphe shares his life as a rock radio insider in rich detail and previously unpublished photographs. His story includes promotion and friendship with a young unknown Bruce Springsteen; his years at radio station WHFS 102.3 as it blossomed in a new freeform format; candid interviews with Little Feat’s Lowell George, Tom Waits, Nils Lofgren, Stevie Nicks, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Steven Van Zandt, Robert Plant, Danny Kortchmar, Seldom Scene’s John Duffey, and many others; hanging out with George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, John Entwistle, Jackson Browne, and many more; testifying on Capitol Hill with friend Frank Zappa during the “Porn Rock” hearings; and managing the radio syndication of both G. Gordon Liddy and Howard Stern. Player listings and selected performances at legendary DC music clubs Childe Harold and Cellar Door are also chronicled.
Cerphe’s Up is both historically significant and a fun, revealing ride with some of the greatest rock-and-roll highfliers of the twentieth century. Cerphe’s Up belongs on the reading list of every rock fan, musician, and serious music scholar.