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Title Oral History of Austin de Lone
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, musician and songwriter Austin de Lone recounts his musical career and his decades-long residence in Mill Valley. Born outside of Philadelphia in 1946, Austin started piano lessons at the age of 12 and took up the guitar at 16. In 1969, after a stint at Harvard, he formed the band Eggs Over Easy with Jack O'Hara and Brien Hopkins. Austin recounts being a young musician in New York and London in the late 1960s, pioneering what would subsequently be called "pub rock" in England. In 1972, he moved to Mill Valley with his band, and was immediately struck by the "fantastic mix" of people who then inhabited the town. Austin reminisces about Mill Valley's bars in the 1970s, especially the Old Mill Tavern and the Sweetwater, and describes the local music scene during that culturally dynamic period. Austin concludes his oral history with a discussion of his family life and some reflections on how Mill Valley has changed since he made it his home.
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Dates of Creation 2016-07-07
Narrator's name de Lone, Austin
Interviewer Schwartz, Debra
Extent and Medium Transcript: 17pp
Recording: 00:41:33
Search Terms 142 Throckmorton
Bammies
Bars
Bars - Mill Valley
Chandler, Chas
de Lone, Caroline (daughter)
de Lone, Leslie (wife)
de Lone, Richard (son)
Downtown Mill Valley
Eggs Over Easy
English music scene
Gellner, Valerie
Goddard, John
Harvard University
Hopkins, Brien
Housen, Mrs.
Kirchen, Bill
Lowe, Nick
Michaels, Lee
Mill Valley music scene
Music
O'Hara, Jack
Old Mill Tavern
Paterson, Jeannie
Piano lessons
Prune Music
Pub rock
Richard de Lone Special Housing Project
Sweetwater, The
Village Music
Wray, Link
Object ID 2016.038.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2016. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.