Michael Barnes

Michael Barnes

KCRW DJ and Sociology Lecturer at Cal State Long Beach

Host

Michael Barnes is the co-host of Lost Notes. Obsessed with sound even as a child, Barnes got his start as a DJ at the age of 18 on WRAS Atlanta, Album 88, and from there has produced and hosted shows on WORT-Madison, KALX-Berkeley, KPFK-Los Angeles and KCRW.  Most recently, Barnes curated the program "Moods In Free Time" for Adrian Younge's Artform Radio on Worldwide-FM.  During his time in the Bay Area, Barnes received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, with an emphasis on the intersections of Race, Class, Gender and Culture.  He currently teaches courses in the department of Sociology at CSU-Long Beach.  Whether as a DJ, a Collector or a Scholar, Barnes has always championed independent music and culture, particularly highlighting the work of those criminally overlooked and obscured artists of the past. (Photo: Farah Sosa)

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Lost Notes explores how the song “Viva Tirado” exemplifies the inter-generational musical conversation between LA’s Black and Brown communities.

Lost Notes, Season 4 - Ep 4: Viva Tirado: The South/East LA Connection

Lost Notes explores how the song “Viva Tirado” exemplifies the inter-generational musical conversation between LA’s Black and Brown communities.

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Lost Notes explores how Fela Kuti’s time in LA in 1969 was instrumental in the creation of his legendary Afrobeat sound.

Lost Notes, Season 4 - Ep 3: My Lady’s Frustration: How Fela Kuti Found Afrobeat in LA

Lost Notes explores how Fela Kuti’s time in LA in 1969 was instrumental in the creation of his legendary Afrobeat sound.

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Lost Notes details the darkly hilarious schemes of record-label magnate Ruth Christie, who instigated one of the most absurd court cases in music history.

Lost Notes, Season 4 - Ep 2: Mojo on Trial: The Seedy, Greedy World of Ruth Christie

Lost Notes details the darkly hilarious schemes of record-label magnate Ruth Christie, who instigated one of the most absurd court cases in music history.

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