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Sam Pocker Bio April 2019

These get a lot easier to write as time goes on and I've done more stuff. It used to be a struggle to write them but now I can spit one out on command in under five minutes.

When I was done with this one (I'm being interviewed on a podcast tomorrow and they asked for one), I just kind of stared at it for a while and couldn't believe it was me I was talking about in the third person. Like I guess I've done all this stuff but I'm still not sure how, none of it seems real even though it's all very much real. 

Sam Pocker is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and musician. Pocker’s songwriting catalog covers over 8 albums worth of material, released by his bands The Pretty Colors, The Pregnant Vegans, and The Agoura Hills PTA. He has worked with producers such as Geza X (Black Flag, Dead Kennedys), Paul Kostabi (White Zombie, Psychotica), Mark Nevers (Lambchop, Silver Jews), and Michael Eisenstein (Letters To Cleo, Beck). His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Redbook, Us News & World Report, Publisher’s Weekly, WPIX 11 News, Everyday With Rachael Ray, The New York Daily News, Martha Stewart Radio, and countless other media outlets. His most recent album “Pocker’s Rockers : Sam Pocker’s Greatest Hits” was released to critical acclaim. In April he released a series of limited-edition 7” records which are to be sold exclusively at the WFMU Record Fair 2019 in Brooklyn, New York. In June 2019, his new live show “How To Be A Rock Star” will be presented as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles, California.


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Sam Pocker at the WFMU Record Fair 2019

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Along with some record fair exclusive t-shirts:

There will also be handmade copies of my book "How I Made Seven Albums in Eleven Months" with never-before-seen photographs and I will have some digital box sets housed in framed photos by Brooklyn based photographer Adalena Kavanagh.

I hope you'll stop by, take some selfies, and buy some stuff. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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