Part punk guitar legend, part esteemed technologist and electrical engineer, James Williamson's career spans many unlikely areas of the music business. After joining The Stooges in 1971, he co-wrote the songs (with Iggy Pop) and played guitar for their seminal 1973 album Raw Power, and is credited for much of its distinctive, raunchy, aggressive sound. After The Stooges disbanded, James found himself on the other side of the sound board, recording and collaborating with Iggy on various solo records. In that mean time, however, Williamson had earned his electrical engineering degree from Cal Poly Pomona and eventually earned his way up to become VP of Technology Standards for Sony Electronics.
James' indelible influence on punk and beyond continues today, as he tours worldwide with the wrecking ball that is the re-formed Stooges since 2010, and even earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that same year.
The venn diagrams of punk and technology don't overlap very often, but James Williamson found himself in that gap, and he'll be sharing his impressive experiences with us in March. Register now to attend and catch this rare session.
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