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JOHN THOMSON was born in Queens NY in 1942. After seeing Bob Dylan perform at Town Hall in 1962, he wanted to become a songwriter. After reading HOWL in 1963, he wanted to become a poet. After reading Ralph J. Gleason's liner notes for LENNY BRUCE: AMERICAN, he wanted to become a music writer. He hitchhiked out to Berkeley, California in 1963 and became a poet, music journalist and eventually a songwriter and singer. Somewhere along the way, after the "FUCK" poem, he became j. poet, the name he uses for all his creative endeavors. His poems and music journalism have been published internationally in magazines and newspapers including All Music Guide, Avalanche, Berkeley Barb, Crawdaddy, Creem, Folk Roots, Goldmine, Litmus, Musichound Guide to World Music, Native Peoples, Pulse,, SF Chronicle and Examiner, The Temple and many more. His album LSDOA is available at CD Baby


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