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Gainesville Music History Book Wins Florida Book Award

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The 2016 Florida Book Awards winners were announced on February 18th and the 2016 book, “Music Everywhere: The Rock and Roll Roots of a Southern Town” (2016, University Press of Florida), was awarded a bronze medal in the Florida Nonfiction category.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, two Eagles (Bernie Leadon and Don Felder), and Stephen Stills: all in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and all started making music in Gainesville in the 1960s. Musician Marty Jourard (The Motels) was there, too, and tells the story in his award-winning book.

Glenn Richards with Marty Jourard

 

WUFT-FM Morning Edition host, Glenn Richards, spoke with Marty about his book on the Gainesville music scene of the ’60s and ’70s prior to the book release event at the Matheson History Museum on April 21, 2016. Please enjoy this re-posting of their conversation.

About Glenn Richards

Glenn Richards is Operations Coordinator and local host for Morning Edition on WUFT-FM. His background includes 30+ years of radio in South Florida as an air personality, promotion director, and morning show producer (WSHE, WZTA, & WFLC). His previous education includes a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami where he was also general manager of WVUM-FM. Upon his arrival in Gainesville in 2006 to pursue a telecommunication master’s degree at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, he worked as an air personality at WRUF-FM (both Rock104 and Country 103.7 The Gator). One of Glenn’s passions is local music. Since 1990, he has produced and hosted local music programs in both South Florida and Gainesville, playing demos and independent releases from unsigned artists, many of whom went on to national prominence including: Marilyn Manson, Sister Hazel, For Squirrels, Matchbox 20, Saigon Kick, Mary Karlzen, Nil Lara, Hundred Waters, and more.

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