Pauline Oliveros receives Lifetime Achievement Award from San Francisco Bay Guardian


The Goldie Award
The Goldie Award

The San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Bay Area‘s largest alternative newsweekly, has honored Pauline Oliveros with a Lifetime Achievement Award, as part of their 12th annual “Goldies” awards program. Each year, the Bay Guardian arts editorial staff selects multiple “Outstanding Local Discovery Award” winners for the “challenge and inspiration provided by their contributions to life in the Bay Area.” Each year since 1992, the staff has additionally selected one Bay Area artist to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

A tribute to Oliveros in the Goldie Awards program book calls her the “godmother of experimental music in the Bay Area,” beginning with her work at the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 1960s. The article briefly describes her theory of Deep Listening, which led to the formation of the Deep Listening Band and the Deep Listening Foundation. The recording of her Six for New Time by alternative rockers Sonic Youth is cited as further evidence of her “incredible lifetime influence in music.”

The awards ceremony was held on November 9 at Slim’s in San Francisco, hosted by Bay Guardian arts columnist Summer Burke. Other musicians who received 2000 Outstanding Local Discovery Awards included the groups The Aislers Set, Anticon, Rasoul, Tarentel, and Zion-I, and musicians Kit Clayton, Phillip Greenlief, Jenna Mammina and Simone White.