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Title Oral History of Rob Moitoza
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, musician Rob Moitoza shares his memories of growing up in Mill Valley and participating in the local music scene since the 1970s. Rob recounts his first gigs as a teenager performing Hawaiian music with his parents while his two sisters hula danced at venues such as the Outdoor Art Club and the Marin Art and Garden Center. He describes getting into rock ‘n’ roll in the early 1970s and recalls his favorite bands of the time, touring bands he backed as a bassist, and some of the bands he formed, such as The Swingin’ Deacons with John Cipollina and The Opposite Six with Bill Champlin. Beyond the music scene, Rob evokes what is was like to grow up in Mill Valley in the 1960s and ’70s, remembering a number of quirky characters from Mill Valley’s past and sharing his thoughts and feelings on how the town has changed over the course of his life.
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Dates of Creation 2015-06-04
Narrator's name Moitoza, Rob
Interviewer Schwartz, Debra
Extent and Medium Transcript: 20pp
Recording: 00:57:42
Search Terms Swingin' Deacons (musical group)
Righteous Brothers
Opposite Six (musical group)
Varney's Hardware
Brown's Hall
Burgan, Bob
Champlin, Bill
Cipollina, John
Deal, Charlie
Duke, George
Medley, Bill
Joplin, Janis
Pense, Lydia
Kelly, Charlie
Moitoza, Evelyn Dewolf
Moitoza, Frank Garcia
Moitoza, Fran
Moitoza, Sue
Music
Musicians
Photography
Mill Valley changes
Outdoor Art Club
Object ID 2016.029.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2015. 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.