In addition to family histories, Books & Lives has preserved print and video records of the accomplishments of almost one hundred Bay Area music, dance, and theater artists. Much of this work was produced in conjunction with the Museum of Performance & Design’s Legacy Oral History Program, founded by Jeff Friedman, PhD. These oral histories, many funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, have been placed in public, university, museum, and special interest libraries.


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Nemesio Paredes, Flamenco Dance

Flamenco dancer and teacher. Childhood performer with San Francisco Ballet. Full-life oral history. Jeff Friedman, PhD and Basya Petnick, senior editors.