Eric Christensen's Biography
Eric Christensen was born and raised in San Francisco and directed early into a career in the Music Business and Media. In the late fifties with his brother, they began collecting records and working after school at a local rock radio station. That led to after school jobs during Junior High School that eventually led to Eric's working for the legendary Tom Donahue. Tom began Autumn Records and Tempo Productions in the early sixties, and Eric worked mailing out records and as a production assistant. That included working at the Cow Palace shows that included the Supremes, Righteous Brothers, Sonny and Cher, The Byrds, Lovin' Spoonful, and many other top acts of the day, including the only two San Francisco appearances of The Beatles
While at the University of California at Berkeley in the late sixties, Eric helped produce the "People's Park Bail Benefit" concerts at Winterland and the Longshoremen's Hall with The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Joan Baez, and Phil Ochs.
After working part time in underground radio in the late sixties, Eric was hired by ABC in 1970 and became program director of KSFX, directing a staff that included Paul Krassner, Tony Pigg, Tommy Saunders, Mary Turner, Bob Simmons, and many more.
Eric left rock radio in 1972 to begin a career in documentaries. First focusing on the life of Tibetan refugees with the film "A Light In The Dragon's Eye." This film included one of the first English Speaking interviews with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama.
In 1974 Eric began a long career with ABC television, working as Arts & Entertainment Producer for Channel 7 in San Francisco. Later he switched to Sports Producer. During that career he covered numerous Super Bowls, Olympics, World Series and other big events.
In 1977, Eric traveled to Japan with a group of musicians that included Jackson Browne, Richie Havens, Warren Zevon, Danny O'Keefe, Country Joe Mc Donald, Mimi Farina, Odetta, Fred Neil, and many more to document the "Save the Whale" Rolling Coconut Review concert in Tokyo.
Also in 1977 Eric produced and directed "A Day On The Green" concert film for Bill Graham Presents, with Peter Frampton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Santana. His historic version of "Freebird" was featured in a 1997 documentary on Lynyrd Skynyrd and has been downloaded nearly one million times on You Tube.
In 1978 Eric was one of the founding producers of Video West, a San Francisco video collective that produced some of the earliest rock videos and also produced news stories for the brand new MTV network.
In 1997 Eric produced the "Summer of Love" memorabilia auction that raised thousands of dollars for the Haight Ashbury Medical Clinic, the Bill Graham Foundation, Bread & Roses, and Camp Winnarainbow.
After retiring from ABC 7 in July 2006, Eric began a new career in independent film making. His first documentary "The Trips Festival" premiers October 10, 2007 at the Mill Valley Film Festival.