Raised in Santa Barbara, Josef Woodard has been a freelance journalist/critic since 1980, at which time he began his writing career with the Santa Barbara News & Review, one of the precursors of the Independent. He started writing for the Independent from the paper’s first issue, and has written the “Fringe Beat” column since 1990. In that time, he has covered music (of various genres), film and the fine arts for many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, starting in 1990 and continuing to the present, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Musician, Option, Opera Now, Artweek, and the jazz magazines--Down Beat, Jazz Times, and Jazziz. He won an ASCAP Deems Taylor award for jazz writing in 1998. He has also written numerous liner notes and has been involved in book projects (including a work-in-progress on Charles Lloyd). With his other hat, Woodard is also a musician, guitarist, songwriter and is co-owner of the independent record label Household Ink Records, founded in 1987, working with bands including Headless Household, flapping, Flapping, Dudley, and etcetera.
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