"Drummer," "author," " activist," "artist,"" lawyer," "father," and "recent podcast guest," any of these terms can be used to describe Mr. Greg Anton, a longtime friend of the studio and music industry veteran.
It took Mooka not a second to decide who the next guest on the Prairie Sun Presents podcast would be. What started as a brainstorm about the next episode quickly turned into an email to a mysterious drummer I'd met briefly during a recent recording session. While setting up, there were whispers and murmurs about a guy who was going to stop by to play drums on the record. I remember words like "pro", "the real deal", "one hand" and "famous" being thrown around. Who was this guy? What made him so special? He seemed normal to me- a bit quiet maybe, but a fantastic musician to boot! It was about time I did some research, and boy did I find what I was looking for.
Being a drummer and co-founding member of the San Francisco band “Zero”, as well as working with Robert Hunter (a primary lyricist for the Grateful Dead), Greg is no stranger to the recording studio. Like I'm sure many of you are, I myself am an artist. Because of this, as I'm sure many of you can relate, I don't exactly have an abundance of free time. Thats why I'm astonished when I meet people like Greg. This is a man who makes time, and with that time he manages to get a lot done. In 1971, Greg received a BA with honors in philosophy from Ohio University. His undergraduate thesis: "A Phenomenological Analysis of Music", was published by Ohio University Press. He continued studying philosophy in a Masters program at San Francisco State University, then went on to receive his Juris Doctorate degree at the Seattle University School of Law (formerly the University of Puget Sound Law School). Aside from being a practicing attorney, Greg has also authored several literary works such as his first novel “Face the Music” (pictured to the right). Face the Music is a fictional story about a love song called "Stephanie", self-discovery, and the spiritual power of music. In 2014 Greg composed a song by the same name with Robert Hunter and recorded it with Steve Kimock, Melvin Seals, Tim Hockenberry and Robin Sylvester.
Having Greg on the show was great. It’s not often that you get to have a conversation with someone who has had such a rich and organic involvement with what some could call the real music industry. A kind of multifaceted artistic endeavor that seems to be fading as time goes on. Something that goes beyond just sounds on a vinyl record and brings people together in a much more important way. Luckily Greg’s not going anywhere, and we’re happy to have him and help him carry on his vision of a better more honest world. On June 12th 2020, a record by the name of "Anton Guberman Project" was released by Telefunken Records. Greg Anton and Scott Guberman decided to take some of Robert Hunters lyrics that were never fully realized and create finalized recordings with them. In the most recent episode of the Prairie Sun Presents podcast we get to hear a bit of the record and have an in-depth conversation with Greg about his experience working on the album, writing music with Hunter and his band Zero, as well as Greg’s current involvement with the world of activism and literature. Be sure to tune in because you won’t want to miss this episode!
~Written By: Eric Fadidga, Prairie Sun Intern
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