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San Francisco

Drums and Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon

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Joel Selvin and Dr. Patrick O'Reilly will discuss the role of mental illness in the career and crime of Jim Gordon, the world famous rock drummer who murdered his mother in 1985, the subject of the latest book by Selvin.

Selvin served 36 years as the pop music critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and has written more than 20 books, including the No. 1 New York Times best-seller, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock with Sammy Hagar.

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Patrick O'Reilly

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This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

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Wed, Aug 7 / 5:30 PM PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Image - Joel Selvin

Joel Selvin

Author, Drums & Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon

Image - Patrick O'Reilly

Patrick O'Reilly

Ph.D., Chair, Psychology Member-led Forum, Commonwealth Club World Affairs—Moderator


5 p.m. doors open & check-in
5:30–6:30 p.m program
(all times Pacific Time)


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$49 with a book