Oral Histories

Interview of Todd Schiffman

Booking agent and manager for popular music acts in the 1960s and '70s.
Oral History with Todd Schiffman
View of a Culture: Presenting Rock Music in Los Angeles, 1960s-1970s
Cline, Alex
Schiffman, Todd
Persons Present:
Schiffman and Cline.
Place Conducted:
Schiffman's home in Beverly Hills, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Alex Cline, UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research. Cline has spent a considerable amount of his career as a jazz drummer/musician in Los Angeles. Cline prepared for the interview by taking note of information gathered during his pre-interview with Schiffman, as Schiffman himself has kept no archival materials relating to his various careers. Cline also consulted various materials relating to popular music in the sixties and seventies, particularly that of Southern California, notably Barney Hoskyns’s book Waiting for the Sun: Strange Days, Weird Scenes, and the Sound of Los Angeles; biographical materials on such artists as Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin; as well as David Geffen’s biography The Operator: David Geffen Builds, Buys, and Sells the New Hollywood by Tom King.
Processing of Interview:
The transcript is a verbatim transcription of the recording. Romi Keerbs, editorial assistant, edited the interview using a list of proper names and specialized terminology supplied by the interviewer. Schiffman was then given an opportunity to review the transcript and made a few corrections and additions. Those corrections were entered into the text without further editing or review on the part of the Center for Oral History Research staff.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This series includes interviews with individuals involved in behind-the-scenes or on-the-air presentation of rock music in Los Angeles area during its critical period of growth and importance, the 1960s and 1970s. It focuses on both the music itself and the culture that accompanied it as rock music developed from popular dance music into a significant art form and as much of it emerged from underground into mainstream culture.