Working as a freelance journalist Pat has interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Lou Reed, John Cale, Paul Williams (founder of Crawdaddy magazine), Marty Balin and Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane amongst others.
During his tenure with Water Records, Pat began working on a research project centered around the Black Panther Party with a focus on the protest recordings that the Black Power movement inspired during the 1960's and 1970's - this led to establishing strong working relationships with two key leaders of the Black Panther Party David Hilliard (Chief of Staff) and Party chairman Elaine Brown (including releasing her landmark 1969 album "Seize The Time" on CD). As well as meetings with Bobby Seale, Ericka Huggins, and other Panthers. Over a period of 5 years, Pat uncovered dozens of rare/out of print/forgotten Black Power recordings in all areas of jazz, soul, poetry, speeches, interviews, and rock/pop music - eventually amassing what might be considered the largest collection of its kind. This has led to speaking engagements on the subject of Black Power music at San Francisco State University, Merritt and Laney Colleges in Oakland, and the College of Alameda. His research project brought him into the Huey P. Newton archives at Stanford University and received enccouragement from represenatives of Bob Dylan, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, and Graham Nash of Crosby Stills Nash and Young.
His book “Listen Whitey–The Sights and Sounds of Black Power”
is due out this fall from Fantagraphics Books.