VOICES: BEN FONG-TORRES in conversation with DERK RICHARDSON
Council Chambers: 12:45—1:30pm
Son of Oakland, Ben Fong-Torres discusses his winding path from Oakland's Chinatown to Rolling Stone with Derk Richardson, senior editor at AFAR magazine and KPFA host.
BEN FONG-TORRES was raised in Oakland's Chinatown. He began writing for Rolling Stone magazine in 1968, in its eighth issue. Ben left Rolling Stone in 1981 and has since written for such publications as Esquire, Playboy, Travel & Leisure, and Harper’s Bazaar. He is a real-life character in Almost Famous, the 2000 film by Cameron Crowe.
DERK RICHARDSON is senior editor of AFAR magazine. Before joining AFAR’s founding editorial team in 2008, Derk had written about music, food, and travel for nearly thirty years. He turned to editing in 2003, first at Acoustic Guitar magazine, then at Oakland and Alameda magazines. He hosts a weekly free-form music program on KPFA radio in Berkeley.