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Title Oral History of David Talbot
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, writer, media entrepreneur and social activist David Talbot shares a life of political commitment and historical engagement. Born in Los Angeles in 1951, David first came to San Francisco as a teenager when his father, a famous Hollywood actor, was performing in theater productions in the city. David recalls falling madly in love with San Francisco at that time. He later attended college at U.C. Santa Cruz, after which he began his journalism career at Mother Jones. Though living in San Francisco, David recounts spending much time in Mill Valley in the 1980s and attests to a "soul connection" existing between Mill Valley and San Francisco. He discusses his career as an author beginning with his cultural history of 1960s San Francisco Season of the Witch ("how we liberated our city") to a pair of books on the Kennedy presidency and assassination ("how we lost our country"). David narrates his pioneering work in web publishing with Salon.com, which he started in 1995, and discusses his ongoing support of investigative journalism. This oral history is very clearly situated in the 2016 presidential campaign, and it concludes with David describing his return to political activism and expressing his desire to see the social ethics of the 1960s-especially compassion and solidarity-become dominant values in the national culture.
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Dates of Creation 2016-07-30
Narrator's name Talbot, David
Interviewer Schwartz, Debra
Extent and Medium Transcript: 26pp
Recording: 01:31:43
Search Terms 1960s
Activists
Bloomfield, Mike
Clinton, Hillary
Davies, Marion
Dowie, Mark
Good Earth Commune
Graham, Bill
Greatful Dead
Haight (San Francisco neighborhood)
Hart, Mickey
Henrich, Ruth
Hippies
Jefferson Airplane
Joplin, Janice
Journalism
Kantner, Paul
Kennedy, Bobby
Kennedy, John F.
Lautzker, Larry
Lewis, Huey
Mother Jones (periodical)
Music
Politics & government
Raitt, Bonnie
Raitt, John
Revolutionaries
San Francisco
San Francisco
September 11, 2001
Smith, David, Dr.
Talbot, Margaret
Object ID 2016.058.001
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.