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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Kingston Trio, music legends

The Kingston Trio--originally Nick Reynolds, Dave Guard, and Bob Shane--toured the country, entertaining new audiences with their energetic and harmonious arrangements of folk tunes. When Guard left, he was replaced by John Stewart. The Trio was rewarded with many gold albums and great success. Oral history consulting work for the production of a traveling museum exhibit created in conjunction with the Library of Congress, American Folklife Center and other experts.