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Name Kelly, Charlie
Number of Archive records 6

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Image of Oral History of Larry Cragg - Oral History

Oral History of Larry Cragg - Oral History

In this oral history, guitar repairman and multi-instrumentalist Larry Cragg recounts a life engaged in two of the most important cultural scenes that took shape in Mill Valley during the 1970s: music and mountain biking. Born in Chicago in 1948, Larry first came out to California in 1967 for the Monterey Pop Festival. He recalls experiencing a powerful sense of belonging on that visit, prompting him to make the permanent move west later that same year. Initially landing in Oakland, Larry soon moved across the bay to Mill Valley, where he unexpectedly discovered his vocation when he started working at the newly opened Prune Music, a landmark in the musical history of Marin County. Larry recou

Image of Oral History of Bill Champlin - Oral History

Oral History of Bill Champlin - Oral History

In this oral history, musician and raconteur Bill Champlin vividly recounts a life devoted to music, one fundamentally shaped by his experience growing up in Mill Valley. Born across the bay in Oakland in 1947, Bill moved with his mother and two sisters to Mill Valley when he was 12 years old. Rock n' roll and R&B were sweeping through Marin in the 1960s, and Bill describes his total immersion in the local music scene, even while still a student at Tam High, and in the broader context of the Vietnam War and the racial tensions of the time. Bill recalls many of the great musicians he has known and played with over the years; the development of his major band, the Sons of Champlin, which he sta

Image of Oral History of Joe Breeze - Oral History

Oral History of Joe Breeze - Oral History

In this oral history, bicycling legend Joe Breeze recounts a life devoted to riding, racing, designing, and building bicycles, as well as to fostering and promoting bicycle culture more generally. Born in San Francisco in 1953, Joe grew up in Mill Valley and, at the time of this oral history, had lived in Marin County his whole life. Joe recalls how his father introduced him to bicycling at a time in American history when it was a culturally marginal activity and recounts how, with his parents’ support and encouragement, he and his brothers took epic summer rides on the highways and backroads of California and beyond beginning in their teenage years. In the early 1970s there was a bicycle boo

Image of Oral History of Rob Moitoza - Oral History

Oral History of Rob Moitoza - Oral History

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

Image of Oral History of Wende Cragg - Oral History

Oral History of Wende Cragg - Oral History

In this oral history, Wende Cragg recounts her life in Marin County and expresses her intense passion for mountain biking. Born in Berkeley in 1948, Wende grew up amongst seven siblings in Berkeley and Oakland. In the late 1960s at Merritt College she met her ex-husband Larry Cragg, with whom she soon moved to Mill Valley. Wende recalls hanging out at Mill Valley’s Prune Music when it was a crossroads for Bay Area musicians. She also recalls her presence at the birth of mountain biking in the early 1970s and her participation (as the first woman and, for a time, the only one among a male-dominated cohort) in the development of the sport. Wende describes her first ride out to Tamarancho, recal

Image of Oral History of Gary Fisher - Oral History

Oral History of Gary Fisher - Oral History

In this oral history, mountain bike pioneer Gary Fisher recounts his participation in the development of the sport and the industry for which Marin County has become world famous. Gary describes how he got into racing bicycles at the age of 12 while living in Burlingame. His passion for bicycles initially set him apart from his peers, he recalls, making him something of an "outcast." After two years at Burlingame High School, his family moved to Belvedere and Gary started attending Redwood High School. Gary recalls moving to Fairfax where he met and became friends with Charlie Kelly and other legends from the history of mountain biking. Gary characterizes Marin as a place of creative synergy,