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The El Cerrito Historical Society presents
Creedence Clearwater Revival:
El Cerrito’s Contribution to Rock
A talk by Joel Selvin, author and critic

Joel Selvin, who has “followed Creedence from the Monkey Inn to the Oakland Coliseum” both as a fan and San Francisco Chronicle music critic, will discuss the band’s history, first as the Blue Velvets in El Cerrito, then the Golliwogs, then Creedence
Clearwater Revival. In 1970 they were the most popular rock band in the world and outsold The Beatles. “I knew the band,” Joel writes, “and actually attended recording sessions for the final album by the original band, ‘Pendulum.’ Joel won the ASCAP
Deems Taylor award for liner notes to the CD reissues of “Bayou Country” and Pendulum.”

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 2 p.m.
El Cerrito Community Center,
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito

For information, Dave Weinstein, davidsweinstein@yahoo.com.

Wheelchair accessible. No need to RSVP
Our annual meeting starts at 2 p.m. and lasts about 20 minutes. This not-to-be-missed event is free. Refreshments will be served.



The El Cerrito Historical Society believes that a remarkable number of noteworthy people have come from El Cerrito or have lived here at some time in their lives. A few were world famous, others were well-known in the area or were particularly noteworthy in their own field. Click Here to visit our extensive list.

FOR 2018

El Cerrito’s Centennial occupied much of the society’s attention in 2017. Of the 78 Centennial events listed on the centennial calendar, the Historical Society sponsored or co-sponsored 17 of them – more than any other organization, we believe. Pat Shaw represented the historical society on Centennial planning.
The society toured historic buildings and neighborhoods, featured talks on the city’s origins and growth and delved into how El Cerrito became the place we know and love. We learned about the Castro family, our city’s “gambling past,” the history of our recycling center and our Boy Scout camp, Camp Herms – among other subjects. (CHECK OUT THE LIST!)


A brief History by (Ariel Plotnick/KQED)

I saw my first TEPCO dish at the Alameda Antiques Fair. A stack of floral patterned plates sat on a table, waiting to be bought. The pink glaze glistened in the sun. I immediately fell in love...

If your local organization would like a speaker on these or related topics, the El Cerrito Historical Society has a speakers panel available. Contact David Weinstein 524-1737 davidsweinstein@yahoo.com Click Here for more details.

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