John Byrne Cooke is an award-winning writer, a photographer and musician with more than forty years of experience in each of these arts, an actor who has appeared in eleven stage productions over the past six years, and a narrator with experience ranging from voice-over film narration to audio books to live performances with the Grand Teton Music Festival.

WRITING

ON THE ROAD with Janis Joplin

COMING ON

OCTOBER 28, 2014

from Berkley Books

ON THE ROAD

with

Janis Joplin

plus
  • Reporting the War
  • Historical Novels
  • Author's Bio
  • and more

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MUSIC

John (left) with the Charles River Valley Boys

John was a member of the Cambridge, Mass., bluegrass and old-time band the Charles River Valley Boys during the folk boom. Later in the 60s, he was road manager for Big Brother & the Holding Company and Janis Joplin. Since moving to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, John has performed more than 400 times with the legendary Stagecoach Band and he has appeared for over ten years at the Jackson Hole Hootenanny.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

As a musician and rock road-manager in the 60s, John was taking pictures the whole time. His subjects span the transition from folk music to rock, including Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, traditional musicians like Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Mississippi John Hurt, and many more.

Bob Dylan relaxes in the artists' lounge backstage at Philharmonic Hall in Lincoln Center in October, 1964

Bob Dylan, 1964

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ACTING and NARRATION

John has played characters ranging in age from eleven to eighty, in roles as different as Virgil Blessing, the older cowboy in William Inge's "Bus Stop," and Senex, a lecherous Roman, in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

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John as Klaus Stansdorff, Gestapo spy

Klaus Stansdorff, Gestapo spy "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940"