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GARY GORDON, THE BIO


Gary Gordon lives in Culver City, California, where he is a novelist, songwriter, humorist, playwright, screenwriter, producer, director, travel writer, musician, and publisher & editor of The Fictional Times.
     Gordon is currently working on a novel and performing periodically in shows produced by Bill Bronner and Eric Vollmer.

     For several years he worked with Tommy Davidson on a screenplay titled "Dragonfly Jones", and was the bandleader of The Gary Gordon Band. He recorded five CDs of original music and songs with the band: The Smoking Gun Cafe, Reasonable Doubts, Truer Words, No War, and Heavy Chatter, and is preparing a best selections CD.
     He worked regularly, writing and publishing The Fictional Times every week from April 2001 thru 2004, then periodically until Dec. 2007.

     He performs his original songs and comedy/commentary monologues at various venues in the L.A. area, including Village Books, Cafe Muse, and Warszawa. Previous solo and band gig venues included The Unurban, the Beatnik Cafe in Joshua Tree, Rusty's On The Pier, Arcadia, The Promenade, and at the Santa Monica Main Street Farmer's Market.
     He wrote the first and second editions of Southern California Travel Smart (TM) for John Muir Publications (1997 and 1999), later published by Avalon, a travel book for those traveling through... Southern California.
     Gordon grew up in Gainesville, Florida, studied history at Emory University and holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University; he returned to Gainesville in 1975, where, from 1983 to 1986, he served on the City Commission, first as City Commissioner, then as Mayor-Commissioner, after playing in a rock n roll band and working as a political activist and record store manager.
     He was director, co-producer, and co-writer (with Ron Birnbach) of the internationally recognized and critically acclaimed satire O.J. Law, which celebrated a six-month run in Los Angeles during the infamous trial. His western novel, Crossfire Canyon, was published by Zebra Books in 1986. Nine of his plays, including political satires, dramas, and children's musicals, were produced 1981 - 1991.
     He co-wrote, produced, and hosted The Gary Gordon Comedy Hour on WUFT-FM/Classic 89, which aired weekly from 1988 to 1990.
     Since moving to L.A., in addition to O.J. Law, Gordon wrote and produced Somoilia, The Smoking Gun Cafe, and Elvis & Lady MacBeth at the Heartbreak Hotel.
     He draws on his political activism and city hall background in Gainesville, working as the Executive Director of the Santa Monica Main Street Business Improvement Assocation on parking, zoning and related issues, and on promotion and marketing. As part of his job, he is the producer of the annual Main Street Summer SOULstice and the annual Main Street holiday event.
     Gordon has written movie reviews and columns for the L.A. Free Press and has written columns for the Santa Monica Mirror.
     Gordon has worked as a waiter, teacher, driver, video transcriber, political organizer, lobbyist, ghostwriter, screenplay judge, and managed Hyde & Zeke Records & Tapes in Gainesville, Florida, 1980-1985, and he's the same Gary Gordon who used to be in the Archer Road Band.
     He is an ardent Baltimore Oriole fan since 1960, despite the past ten years, and has recently taken up motorcycling.




Gordon with bandmates Kenny Shore and Dave Durham
aka The Archer Road Band, 1978


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