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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

I'll be setting up shop at the WFMU Record Fair in Greenpoint at the Brooklyn Expo Center on April 26th to 28th.

I'll be selling these amazing one-of-a-kind handmade, numbered, limited edition (10 of each title) 7" records:

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!

Making the Show - The Process of Creating a Show for the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019

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A few weeks ago I took over the responsibilities of running (310) CUT-FOOT, a local hotline which has been running since at least the 1980's. (You can read some more about it here). I've been calling it regularly for about two years at the insistence of my friend Paul who is one of it's most vocal supporters.

The format basically revolves around a character who pretends to be so entrenched in a certain milieu of cultural events that they assume you understand all of the shorthanded codewords which they are presenting in under two minutes. It's the sort of scene that exists in all major cities, it revolves around cultural inbreeding and nothing from any of these scenes ever goes anywhere.

Some examples might be the punk band that sucks performing at the restaurant that's terrible, down the street from the University where the clientele will change every four years, or the art show in the gallery that's nothing more than a stockroom in the back of a shoe store.