A zine cover with a photo of 50's rock & roll musicians rocking out and a vinyl record above

The Rock & Roll of San Francisco's East Bay, 1950-1980

by Cory M. Linstrum Author

"For every successful local group that ever packed the Fillmore, Avalon, or Winterland Ballrooms, there were dozens of overlooked, and much better, groups that also hailed from the City by the Bay." Explore the primitive, rocking rhythm and blues of the fifties, the garage and psych of the sixties, and the seventies punk and new wave scenes with Cory M. Lindstrum's history zine. Spanning rock & roll's first three decades, these were the bands left out of the history books. Essential reading for music history nuts and record collectors and mandatory for all Bay Area devotees.

Check out this playlist that the author made of the music in the book along with exposition about its history.


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This zine is part of our Scene History series! Check them all out (and pitch your own to us) here.

Read an interview with author Cory M. Linstrum on our blog.

Comments & Reviews


"[a] good representation of scenes gone by."



"... puts order to all that legendary chaos and offers us clues to understand a scene that would change the world with its songs."



"...un sincero y merecido homenaje." ["...a sincere and deserved tribute."]