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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Ronn Guidi, Oakland Ballet

Artistic Director of Oakland Ballet for 40 years, Guidi nurtures a lifelong admiration for the genius of Sergei Diaghilev; he created Oakland Ballet to preserve Diaghilev's work. Full-life oral history: Sergei Diaghilev and the Original Oakland Ballet. Video: Reconstructing the Oakland Ballet. Interviews by Jeff Friedman, PhD. Producer: Basya Petnick, Books & Lives.