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Paul Iorio
Paul Iorio is a freelance writer/reporter who has written for almost all the
major U.S. newspapers and for many magazines. His photography has appeared in The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications.

Entries by Paul Iorio

25 Years After the Fall of the Wall: My Trip Behind the Iron Curtain

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 3:16 PM

I Traveled Alone Behind the Iron Curtain During the Cold War.
By Paul Iorio

This is the...
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Jimmy Buffett Sails Into Berkeley as Tour Ends

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 3:18 PM

Jimmy Buffett singing "Fins" in Berkeley last Thursday night. [photo by Paul Iorio.]

Yet another Jimmy Buffett tour is now history. And the penultimate gig happened last weekend in Berkeley.

"For those of you who have...

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The Happy Generation

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 11:53 AM

Why is the tens generation is so different from the oughties generation?

This new decade is now half done and has an identity so separate from the oughties. In fact, in some ways, the oughties and the tens generations couldn't be more different.

The former was...

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Fela Kuti in an Unpublished Interview Conducted After His Release From Prison

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 10:36 PM

The release of Alex Gibney's new documentary on the late Nigerian pop star Fela Kuti spurred me to sift through my own personal journalistic archives to find an audiotaped interview I conducted with Fela in 1986.

And here it is, a transcript and audio clip of my mostly unpublished...

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DPRK: Enemies are "Fabricating the Second Cheonan"

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 12:22 PM

In its first official response to the sinking of a South Korean ferry boat, North Korea claims that its enemies are "fabricating the second Cheonan warship sinking case."

Though no government has formally accused North Korea of being involved in the sinking of the ferry, the DPRK defensively...

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The Great Lost Kate Bush Interview

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 5:56 AM

Interviews with singer and songwriter Kate Bush are relatively rare, almost as rare as her concerts, which have been nearly non-existent since 1979. So it's news that Bush is now preparing to give her first real live shows in 35 years -- in London, in August and September. Outside of...

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Janelle Monáe Rocks the Embarcadero!

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2014 | 6:22 AM

The Electric Lady Gives a High-Voltage Gig

Monáe, belting out her opening number in downtown San Francisco. [Paul Iorio]

Workers in downtown San Francisco got a pleasant surprise during their lunch break last Friday (March 7): Janelle Monáe, the...

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The Most Fun California Museum You've Never Heard of

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 4:22 PM

Visiting the Museum of Banned Toys, Classic Toys and Pez in Burlingame

Scented Crayolas? No wonder kids started eating them. On display at the Banned Toy Museum. (Photo by...

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Museum Hop in San Francisco -- for Free!

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 8:02 PM

A Pictorial of the Main Galleries
A lion guards the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
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A Previously Unpublished Interview With Ray Manzarek

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 10:42 AM

I was lucky to have interviewed the late Ray Manzarek in person a couple decades ago -- in a room with just me, him, John Densmore and my tape recorder. I conducted the audiotaped interview at Elektra Records in Manhattan in May 1987. At the time I was a staff...

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Elvis Costello Was The Most Exciting Show At Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 8:47 PM

The main Friday evening kick-off concert at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park belonged to Elvis Costello this year.

Performing solo (10/5/12), Costello played a nearly 90-minute set of classics, rarities and covers to close the opening day of the fest.

Opening with...

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The Jack Kerouac Tour of San Francisco

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 8:55 PM

Where to Visit Kerouacian Sights in the Bay Area


With the feature film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road on its way to U.S. theaters, what a better time to make a pilgrimage to the epicenter of Beat, San Francisco, to see some...

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How to Make a Hit Movie in 2012

(4) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 5:20 PM

So you want to make a movie -- a hit movie, no less -- in the 2010s, one that truly captures the zeitgeist of pop culture in the Tens?

Obviously, there's no formula.

But there are trends and common elements emerging in Tens cinema that might help you create that...

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The Night Led Zeppelin Dethroned the Beatles! (And I Was There!)

(11) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 1:00 PM

In pop culture history, Led Zeppelin officially dethroned The Beatles on May 5, 1973, at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

At that concert, Zeppelin attracted more paying fans than had ever attended a show by a single act in the United States, surpassing the previous record set by the...

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Remembering Harry Crews

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2012 | 6:43 PM

I studied under the novelist Harry Crews, who died at few days ago at age 76, and got to know him somewhat in 1977 and 1978, the peak of his creativity, just after he'd written his best novel, A Feast of Snakes, and when he was writing A Childhood: The...

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90 Minutes in Downtown San Francisco

(20) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 4:41 PM

You're in Downtown San Francisco With Only 90 Minutes to Spare. What to See Fast and for Free If You've Already Seen the Main Sights.


The view from the Top of the Mark. [photo by Paul Iorio.]


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