Jay Allen Sanford

Jay Allen Sanford

Jay Allen Sanford co-created the comic book line Rock 'N' Roll Comics for Revolutionary Comics, publishers of the Beatles Experience 8-issue series (among the titles reprinted in graphic novel form by Bluewater Productions, beginning in 2010), and his publishing company Re-Visionary Press is known for its line of Carnal Comics — True Stories of Adult Film Stars; the titles were among the top-selling independent comic books of the '90s. He also created the comic strip "Rock Tales," which began in Rip Magazine before beginning a 15-plus year run in Spin magazine. Since selling off his publishing interests in 2000, he likes to scribble and type stuff every day, and rumor has it that people actually pay him to do this, including MTV/VH1, for whom he writes TV shows and specials like Pop Up Video, 100 Most Metal Moments, etc.

For the San Diego Reader, he writes cover stories and musician interviews, as well as contributing each week to the Blurt music column for over 20 years. He draws two comic strips created specifically for the Reader: Overheard in San Diego (debuted 1996 and collected in book form in 2013) and Famous Former Neighbors (since 2004). His column Just Announced, previewing upcoming local concerts, debuted in early 2017.

Articles by Jay Allen Sanford

Ocean Beach pop singer, author, coach, and mother of four performs at Stronghold martial arts school

Luci, Berkley Hart, JazzKatz Orchestra, Pink Floyd & Led Zeppelin Tribute, Silent

Ocean Beach pop singer, author, coach, and founder of the Sexy Mama Movement Luci Lampe will debut Bare, her first release in seven years, at the Stronghold martial arts school in Point Loma. The mother ...

The horror punk rock of Riley Hawk and Warish

Plus Mike Pinto, Chip & Tony Kinman, Switchfoot, Black Market III, Pathology, Little Hurricane, Nathan Joyner, NEIN

Formed in 2018, horror punk rock outfit Warish is fronted by singer-guitarist Riley Hawk (Petyr), son of skateboard star Tony Hawk, who operates a record store café in Oceanside called Steel Mill Coffee. Backed by ...

Velvet Underground-inspired surf rocker

Brian Jones Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival, Gary Wilson, Rebelution, Greg Douglass, Guitar Workshop Plus

Formed in 2015, the Brian Jones Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival honed an original blues-based rock and roll sound on their 2016 debut album, A Real Good Time. The record was promoted with a video for ...

Jangly blend of blues and punk called “blunk”

Pleasure Fix, Nena Anderson, N-E-1, The Petty Saints, Louis Valenzuela Jazz Jam

We’ve seen plenty of local bands who are into pleasuring, from the Pleasure Barons with hedonistic heroes Country Dick Montana and Mojo Nixon through Pleasure Device, Pleasure Model, and even Pleasure Victims. Sisters Ariel and ...

The inside story of how John Lennon's longlost guitar was found in San Diego

Nobody knew they were handling a treasure worth over 2 million dollars

In 2014, John Lennon’s 1962 Gibson J160e guitar, once thought lost, was discovered in San Diego at Marc Intravaia’s Sorrento Valley Sanctuary Art and Music Studio. The following year, it went up for one of ...

Psych-jazz duo Mattson 2 drops new album Paradise June 7

And other new records from Bordertown singer Cici Porter, Taken By Canadians, Allweather, Shambhu, and Chon

Paradise, the new album from identical twin psych-jazz duo Mattson 2, drops June 7, with three mildly surfy singles so far preceding the release; “Essence,” “Naima’s Dream,” and “Wavelength.” The video for “Essence” is a ...

Hocus frontman Lando Martinez: a self-described “Mexican from Texas”

Hocus, Author & Punisher, Slightly Stoopid, Freddy Cole, Winnetka Bowling League

Celebrating their tenth year, Hocus is fronted by Lando Martinez (aka Fat Lando), a self-described “Mexican from Texas” who retired from the U.S. Navy in 2008 after serving 20 years. Their debut album Better Than ...

Studying music from the Renaissance and classical eras

The Bassett Brothers, Charles McPherson’s Song of Songs, My American Heart, Cash’d Out, Lost Dakota

Identical twin guitar duo the Bassett Brothers like to keep their audiences guessing by performing in an ever-shifting array of styles, from medieval to Metallica, Baroque to Beatles. Sean and Ian have played together since ...

Stereotypes song in A Dog’s Journey; the relaunch of Angels & Airwaves; and Glory: Iron Butterfly/Beat Farmers/Bratz supergroup reunion

Glory gigged at venues like Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park, opened locally for Steely Dan and ZZ Top

Thanks to Sugaroo! Music, you’ll be able to hear the Stereotypes’ 2002 song “Redhead” in Universal Pictures’ A Dog’s Journey when it opens in theaters this weekend. “I recorded ‘Redhead’ 17 years ago at Earthling ...

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