Paul Pearson

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Paul Pearson is a native Northern Californian who was raised in the Sacramento, California area. He received his bachelor's degree from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he concentrated…
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Paul Pearson is a native Northern Californian who was raised in the Sacramento, California area. He received his bachelor's degree from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he concentrated on musicology and broadcast arts. He also hosted a weekly music show at public radio station KAOS Olympia. Mr. Pearson is also a piano player with tenure in bands such as L. Ron Shrubbery, Wonder Woman, and Harvey Sid Fisher's backup unit. In addition, he claims some proficiency on guitar, though not much. He has lived in San Francisco, Seattle, Olympia and Los Angeles, where he currently resides and works for an independent music marketing company.

Desert Island Picks

1. "Something/Anything?" - Todd Rundgren (Bearsville 1973)

2. "Astral Weeks" - Van Morrison (Warner Bros 1968)

3. "Get Happy!!" - Elvis Costello & The Attractions (Columbia 1980)

4. "Innervisions" - Stevie Wonder (Tamla 1973)

5. "London Calling" - The Clash (Epic 1979)

6. "Bringing It All Back Home" - Bob Dylan (Columbia 1965)

7. "Exile in Guyville" - Liz Phair (Matador 1993)

8. "Perspex Island" - Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians (A&M 1991)

9. "The Pretenders" - The Pretenders (Sire 1978)

10. "The Specials" - The Specials (Chrysalis 1979)

11. "There's Nothing Wrong With Love" - Built to Spill (Up 1994)

12. "The White Album" - the Beatles (Apple 1968)

13. "Marshall Crenshaw" - Marshall Crenshaw (Warner Bros. 1982)

14. "I Just Can't Stop It" - The English Beat (Sire 1980)

15. "Squeezing Out Sparks" - Graham Parker (Arista 1979)

16. "Didn't It Blow Your Mind: Soul Hits of the 70's Vols. 1-18" - Various Artists (Rhino 1991, 1994) *

17. "Personal Best" - Harry Nilsson (RCA 1995)

18. "Loaded" - The Velvet Underground (Cotillion 1970)

19. "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" - The Sex Pistols (Warner Bros. 1977)

20. "Odelay" - Beck (DGC 1996)

21. "Seducing Down the Door" - John Cale (Rhino 1994)

22. "That's the Way of the World" - Earth, Wind & Fire (Columbia 1975)

23. "The River" - Bruce Springsteen (Columbia 1980)

24. "All Things Must Pass" - George Harrison (Apple 1970)

25. "12 Songs" - Randy Newman (Reprise 1970)

All dates approximate.

Mr. Pearson would like to emphasize that all selections past the Top 10 are usually subject to change.

*This is a 20-volume set; however, Mr. Pearson only has the first 18 volumes, and figures honesty would be the best policy.