Back where it all started

Paul Liberatore’s Lib at Large / / March 31, 2016

When Texas singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo makes a rare solo concert appearance at the HopMonk Tavern in Novato on April 19 ( A few tickets still available)  the acclaimed roots rocker plans to season his show with songs and stories about his career as an alternative country music trailblazer — a career, you may be surprised to hear, that began in Marin County.

Born and raised in San Antonio, the 65-year-old musician was a young film student at College of Marin in the mid-1970s when he and his friend and classmate Jeff Olener formed the Nuns, one of the bands that ignited the early San Francisco punk scene.

“We were taking film classes at the college and making a movie about the worst band in the world,” Escovedo remembers one afternoon this week while driving from Austin to his home in Dallas. “And since we couldn’t play, we became the band in the movie. That’s how the Nuns started.”

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