Matt Pinfield Discusses His ‘Insane, Improbable Rock Life’ in New Book

By Michele Amabile Angermiller | Billboard

MTV VJ and current KFOG San Francisco morning show host Matt Pinfield has long been called a human encyclopedia of music. Name any album, he knows a deep track. Name-check a band, he probably hung out with them, or, more likely, he and a member of said group are lifelong friends. 

His is a career that began before he was even in elementary school, with his passion for music kicked off by the sounds of the British Invasion and mining the vinyl libraries of his older siblings. His show-and-tell projects at school involved sharing records and turning his classmates on to new bands. As a college DJ at Rutgers University and later at WHTG FM 106.3 in Eatontown, NJ, he found larger audiences to share his passionate love of music. When his daughter, Jessica, was born, he called in to WHTG to request that the on-air DJ play David Bowie’s “Kooks” — a song about the birth of Bowie’s son — to mark the occasion.

Pinfield tells that story — and many other tales — in his new book: All These Things That I’ve Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life. His decision to write a memoir, he said at a recent Q&A held at Word book store in Jersey City, NJ and moderated by Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield, came from the artists themselves.

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