Art Fein

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A well-known scenester in Los Angeles since the '70s, Art Fein has written a couple of books that are essentially a series of bite-sized pieces of rock history, filled with trivia of interest to intense…
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A well-known scenester in Los Angeles since the '70s, Art Fein has written a couple of books that are essentially a series of bite-sized pieces of rock history, filled with trivia of interest to intense fans, but relayed in an entertaining style. Fein has written for the Los Angeles Times, Billboard, the Village Voice, and other music and general interest publications. His L.A. Musical History Tour: A Guide to the Rock and Roll Landmarks of Los Angeles takes advantage of his long-time residency in the city, providing not only addresses and photos of numerous sites of interest to rock fans, but also some little-known and fascinating details of incidents that took place there. First published in 1991, it came back into print in 1998. His 1996 book, The Greatest Rock & Roll Stories, is something of a Rock'n'Roll Babylon Lite, with breezy overviews of some of, as the subtitle announces, "The most outrageous, magical and scandalous events in the history of rock & roll!"

In addition to writing, Fein has also worked as a record producer (for the Blasters), a manager (for the Cramps), music supervisor for film and television, and a film "location finder," his biggest score in this regard coming with Eating Raoul, which was shot in his apartment. He's most famous/notorious in L.A., though, for hosting the long-running public access television show, Art Fein's Poker Party, which has interviewed such noted stars and cult rockers as Brian Wilson, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Richard Carpenter, Ted Hawkins, and the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. The informal chat sessions have also included fellow rock critics like Richard Meltzer and Kristine McKenna.