An Interview with Writer David Watts Barton (Part 2)
SacTV.com "Video of the Day" review by
Alex Cosper on March 3, 2012
David Watts Barton picks up from Part 1 and
talks about his beginnings as a writer and pop music critic for the Sacramento Bee.
He credits Tower Records as the place that prepared him for writing about music, as Tower had its own
publication called Pulse Magazine, which David wrote for. From there he sent samples to The Bee and
was hired as a freelancer in 1982, then became their first full-time pop music critic a year later.
Since Sacramento's Cal Expo was on rock promoter Bill Graham's tour circuit, which brought a lot of big shows to town,
he wrote a lot about shows there every summer. The Cal Expo Amphitheater had a capacity of 14,000 and was a key major concert
venue through the late 90s.
David explains how pop culture has evolved over the years, as musical emphasis has shifted from singles to albums to downloads.
He recalls the pre-digital era of the 1980s when young people invested a lot of money in albums and shows as rock music gained
unifying power in society, especially with the rise of benefit concerts. It was an era when concerts attracted bigger
crowds while bands like Huey Lewis & The News sold out three nights in a row at Cal Expo.
This video shot by Joe-G at Crocker Art Museum, is part 2 of a four-part series recorded on March 2, 2012.
David Barton Interview (Part 1): Working at Tower
David Barton Interview (Part 2): Early Writing
David Barton Interview (Part 3): Local Highlights
David Barton Interview (Part 4): Songwriting
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