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Pete Fornatale

CRANFORD—Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel turn 70 this year. To celebrate this milestone in pop history, legendary D.J. Pete Fornatale will present a multimedia program entitled “How Terribly Strange to Be 70,” based on his book, Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends.

The program will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue. Admission is free and all are welcome, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at the Cranford Public Library reference desk. The library is located at 224 Walnut Avenue. There is a limit of two tickets per person.

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Fornatale will have copies of Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends on hand for purchase and for signing. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.

Fornatale was one of the architects of Progressive Rock FM in the 60s, and has one of the most recognizable voices in rock radio. He has been a fixture on the New York dial for four decades, starting his career at WFUV in November 1963 as a Fordham undergraduate, and then moving on to WNEW-FM in 1969 and K-Rock in 1989.

Fornatale currently hosts “Mixed Bag” on Saturdays from 4 to 8 p.m. on WFUV 90.7 in New York. He is the author of several books about media, pop culture and music, including The Rock Music Source Book, Radio in the Television Age, The Story of Rock ‘n’ Roll, All You Need Is Love and The Story of Woodstock: Back to the Garden. He also wrote several episodes of the MTV series Rock Influences. He co-hosted the 1991 HBO telecast of “Paul Simon Live in Central Park,” and has served as a guest commentator on PBS specials featuring the Bee Gees, Bobby Darin, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, the Mamas and the Papas, the Moody Blues, Roy Orbison, Peter, Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor and the Weavers.


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