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.
Author Tours Nontraditional Music Venues
Author tours nontraditional music venues.
Josef Woodard’s Favorites from 2018
Josef Woodard’s favorite viewing from 2018.
Emotionally Powerful in Quiet, Unexpected Ways
Emotionally powerful in quiet, unexpected ways.
Film Serves as Wake-Up Call
Killing the messengers is an alarming reality and this film serves as a wake-up call.
Film Makes Audience Fall in Love with the Soprano
Film succeeds in making us fall in love again (or for the first time) with the soprano, and with opera.
Netflix’s Strange, Trippy, Biochemically Fantastical Love Story
TV’s strangest, trippiest, and most biochemically fantastical love story this year.
Good Ol’ Yet New-Fangled Magic
It adds up to that good ol’ yet new-fangled magic.
Woodard Travels Up the Coast to Steep in California Tradition and Music
Woodard travels up the coast to steep in California tradition and music.
Rupert Everett Is a Magnetizing Center of Narrative Storm
Rupert Everett is a magnetizing center of this film that inspires and meanders by turns.
Excitingly Cerebral and Touchingly Human
Director Gustav Möller’s movie is as exciting as a cerebral, filmic venture and touching as a fully, knotty human story.