Robert Greenfield

Robert Greenfield

Robert Greenfield (born 1946) is an American author, journalist and screenwriter.


  • Career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Bibliography and filmography 3
    • Non-fiction 3.1
    • Novels 3.2
    • Plays 3.3
    • Television and film 3.4
  • References 4


Greenfield began his career as a sports writer. He has published book reviews in New West magazine and The New York Times Book Review.

From 1970 to 1972 Greenfield was employed as an associate editor with Rolling Stone magazine's London bureau. During this time he interviewed numerous musicians and writers, including Jack Bruce, John Cale,[1] Neil Young, Elton John, Nico,[1] the Rolling Stones, Jackie Lomax, Leon Russell, Stone the Crows, Woody Allen[2] and Germaine Greer.[3] His 1971 interview with Keith Richards in the south of France at Villa Nellcôte, Villefranche-sur-Mer, was included in the book Exile, a collection of photographs by Dominique Tarlé, Genesis Publications (2001).

Greenfield was a popular music critic for Boston After Dark. He was an adjunct professor of composition and literature at the University of San Francisco, and has taught at Chapman University and Cabrillo College.

He worked as a freelance journalist for Eye and Cavalier magazine. A 1969 Eye article profiled early free-form radio at WFMU in East Orange, New Jersey and other locations.[4] The magazines Esquire, Playboy, and GQ have published his short fiction.

Greenfield writes primarily on pop culture, and has published two novels. His first novel was Haymon’s Crowd (1978). In 1983 Greenfield wrote Temple a semi-autobiographical book and play about a young man who is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor and is obsessed with soul music.

In 2000, his one-man play, Bill Graham Presents, ran at the Canon Theater in Los Angeles. It was based on the biography Greenfield co-wrote about the rock music promoter. Ron Silver played Graham.

Personal life

Greenfield lives in Carmel, California.

Bibliography and filmography


  • "S.T.P. - A Journey Through America With the Rolling Stones" (1974), (reissued in 2002 by Da Capo Press)
  • "The Spiritual Supermarket: An Account of Gurus Gone Public In America" (1975)
  • "Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out", with Bill Graham. (1992) (reissued in 2004).[5] winner, Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, and the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Excellence.
  • "Dark Star: An Oral Biography of Jerry Garcia" (Sep 1997)
  • "Timothy Leary - A Biography", Harcourt Brace (2006)[6]
  • "Exile on Main St.: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones", Da Capo Press (Nov 2006)
  • "Timothy Leary: An Experimental Life", narrated by Patrick Lawlor. unabridged edition, Blackstone Audio (2007)
  • A Day in the Life: One Family, the Beautiful People, & the End of the Sixties, Da Capo Press, 2009. Biography of Formula One racedriver Tommy Weber and Susan Coriat, an upper class British couple, the parents of actor Jake Weber, who associated with sixties' music figures.


  • Haymon’s Crowd (1978)
  • Temple (1983)


  • Temple
  • Bill Graham Presents (2000)

Television and film


  1. ^ a b Phil Franks (1971-02-18). """Philm Freax: John Cale & Nico, "Shards of Velvet Afloat in London. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  2. ^ Phil Franks (1971-09-30). "Philm Freax: 7 Interviews with Woody Allen, Nº 1". Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  3. ^ Phil Franks (1971-01-07). """Philm Freax: Germaine Greer, "A Groupie in Women's Lib. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Turned-On Radio: The New Wave: A place on the dial -- a state of mind -- new sounds ...", Eye magazine, November, 1969. Retrieved 2010-12-26.
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  6. ^ Robert Greenfield. "First Chapter : Timothy Leary".  
  7. ^ "The '60s". Retrieved 2014-07-17.