My 90-minute workshop will examine the how-to’s of writing popular-culture biography, based on my process as the biographer of such diverse figures as singing cowboy Gene Autry, cult artist Alex Chilton (Box Tops, Big Star), and the world’s first female rock star, Janis Joplin. I will also discuss interviewing techniques I developed as a music journalist, interviewing subjects ranging from Johnny Cash to Tom Petty, Linda Ronstadt to Dolly Parton, and as director of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Oral History Project, interviewing numerous Hall of Fame inductees. In addition, I’ll explore research techniques developed as the author of such nonfiction illustrated books as How the West Was Worn: A History of Western Wear and The Cowgirl Way. The workshop will include a Q&A with participants. -- Holly George-Warren is a two-time Grammy nominee and the author of more than sixteen books, most recently Janis: Her Life and Music, awarded the Best Nonfiction Book of 2019 by the Texas Institute of Letters. Her other biographies include A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton and Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry. She co-wrote the New York Times bestseller The Road to Woodstock (with Michael Lang), as well as John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion (with Varvatos). Among her other works are The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years; Grateful Dead 365; How the West Was Worn: A History of Western Wear; The Cowgirl Way; and It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (with Jenny Boyd). George-Warren has written for numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, the Times Literary Supplement, and Time.com, among others. She has produced several music-related documentary films for PBS and other networks and produced numerous music anthologies. She has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Autry Center of the American West, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Grammy Museum, among other institutions and universities. From 1993-2001, she was Editorial Director of Rolling Stone Press, the magazine’s book division. George-Warren teaches at the State University of New York, in New Paltz, and serves on the nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and son.