Interview: Kate Pierson, B-52s

Kate is a complex and complicated woman. She expressed her genius in her mid-twenties founding the iconic rock group The B-52’s. She and I both arrived in Athens in 1976. She had gone on the grand tour of Europe after graduating from Brown University. I was beginning my master’s degree at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. We probably passed on the street or sat at nearby tables at the Taco Stand. I didn’t know until recently that we have friends in common. Our mutual friends love Kate and her band for their Southern kitsch style and their ability to get an audience up on their feet dancing. They love her more for her deep soul and her devotion to the community that provided her with her original love shack, her band and her launching pad.

Interview with Kate Pierson on Atlanta INtown


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