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Charles Neal

About Charles Neal & Deaconlight

Charles was one of the last DJs hosting Deaconlight in its final months. He went on to work with me at WKZL under the name Neal Cassady (the guy based on the character Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's book On The Road). He is the only person I entrusted to host the New Generation Show when I went on vacation. I remember getting mad at him, however, because he played The Beatles' "Tax Man," my reasoning being that "Tax Man" was a regular rotation song on KZL. And with only three hours a week to play non-rotation stuff, it seemed at the time those three minutes could be put to better use. I do love that song, espcially George Harrison's solo. But I digress, as usual....

When Charles left KZL, he moved to London where he worked on Tape Delay. This cool series of interviews with beyond cutting-edge bands from the period was published in 1987 by Rough Trade. Although you can still find copies, it has become a collectible. Charles has written a few more books since then, most notably on French brandy armagnac and French cider brandy calvados. These books are published by Flame Grape Press.

Charles is an importer of French wine and spirits. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Nathalie and their two daughters. More about Charles is at his website Charles Neal Selections.

- February 6, 2012

About Charles Neal's Music Book Tape Delay

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