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Steven Ford Brown is a journalist, music critic, publisher and translator in Boston, Massachusetts. Brown grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After moving to Boston he worked for several local universities. For almost a decade he worked in the European Equities Department of a private investment firm in Boston's Financial District. He resigned his position in January 2006 to travel and live in Europe and pursue a career as a music critic and journalist.
Brown was born in Florence, Alabama, to Ford Brown (sales executive) and Gloria Peters (housewife). The family eventually moved to Birmingham and he grew up in a suburb of the city. During high school he became interested in the poetry and music of Leonard Cohen as well as the poetry of Richard Brautigan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and other members of the Beat Generation. During this time he was also influenced by the 1960s music of the San Francisco scene and the British Invasion bands. After high school he attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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Willie G. Moseley has been writing for Vintage Guitar magazine since 1989. His guitar-collecting propensities focus on basses and custom-made instruments.
Moseley is also the News Editor and photographer for The Tallassee Tribune, and is the author of numerous books, including Heart of Dixie: Everyman Observations from a Transitional South. He resides in what “Hank Williams territory” with his wife, Gail, and their daughter, Elizabeth.
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John Szwed is Professor of Music and Jazz Studies at Columbia University, Editor-in-Chief of the web site JazzStudiesOnline.org, and Acting Director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University.
Szwed has received fellowships from the John M. Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, and was awarded a Grammy in 2005 for Doctor Jazz, a book included with Jelly Roll Morton: The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax on Rounder Records. He has authored or edited 15 books, and as a journalist has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wire, and many other publications in the US and Europe. From 1979 to 1999 he wrote for the Village Voice.
Szwed has produced several recordings and has appeared in a number of documentaries and television specials. From 1980 to 1982 he was the music commentator on Terry Gross' Fresh Air on NPR, and from 1993 to 2003 he was president of Brilliant Corners, a non-profit music production company located in New York City. He is currently General Editor of the Jazz Perspectives Book Series for The University of Michigan Press.
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