Monday, July 6, 2015

Moe Moskowitz: A life of Contradictions and Stardust

On Sunday, July 26th, 2015, Doris, Moe’s youngest daughter, born on his birthday in 1966, will give a talk about her illustrious father at Berkeley Historical Society.

All talks are free, but advanced sign up is required now because seating is very limited. Leave a phone message at the Center if you would like to attend, (510) 848-0181.

“Truthfully,” she says, “it will be a pleasure to talk about Moe. I think about him all the time. We celebrate him, his strengths and his foibles, every day at his bookstore.” Please join her and reminisce for awhile about a guy with a big enough ego to put his own face on a dollar bill. 

He was full of contradictions; he could be offensive, embarrassing, anarchistic, and, to some people filthy, but also full of stardust like movie star.

Perhaps you knew this beatnik father to a generation. Perhaps you were young in the 1960s when he held court at his counter, sharing jokes and politics, opinions, both warm and offensive. Maybe you have wondered how it happened that he arrived in Berkeley to open his monumental bookstore. Or maybe you’d like to find out why the San Francisco Chronicle said “India has the Taj Mahal. Berkeley has Moe’s.”

Come hear his daughter, and current owner of Moe’s Books, as she lays out the narrative of his fascinating life, and performs a few early jazz standards that Moe loved, with local favorite John Schott of the Actual Trio.

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