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Talking Culture with Tommy Guerrero

Welcome to Our Social Landscape, where I’m joined by professional skateboarder and musician Tommy Guerrero. Based in San Francisco, Tommy was an original member of the Bones Brigade team of Powell-Peralta and he later went on to co-found REAL Skateboards. While he still dabbles in skating and REAL, his focus over the years has gradually drifted towards music, and since the 1990s he’s been releasing music and touring the world behind it.

We start with a discussion of skateboarding and its potential impact on society, touching on issues of identity, gender, and commercialization. We then move to music and the overlap that’s existed with skating over the years. We close with some thoughts on social change going forward…

More information about Tommy and his work can be found here:

The podcast includes the following Tommy Guerrero songs:

Paper Switchblade

It Gets Heavy

Mechanisms (Featuring John Gold)

Just Ain’t Me

Dime Bag Conspiracy (by Lord Newborn and the Magic Skulls)

The Color of Life

Sun Rays Like Stilts

All episodes of Our Social Landscape can be found on iTunes, simply type oursociallandscape into the search box. If you have any questions or comments, email me at


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