George Varga

Writer

Veteran U-T pop music critic George Varga began drumming in rock bands at 12 and writing professionally about music at 15. A Louisiana native who grew up mostly in Germany, Varga has earned three Pulitzer Prize nominations for his writing at the U-T and is a voting member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to providing live coverage of the Grammy Awards and festivals from Coachella to the 1994 edition of Woodstock, he has interviewed everyone from Ray Charles, Miles Davis and Britney Spears to Willie Nelson, Kanye West and Bruno Mars. A triple first-prize winner at the 2014 Society of Professional Journalists awards, Varga is also a contributing writer for Jazz Times magazine and has written for Billboard, Spin and other publications. After attending San Diego City College and San Diego State University, he created and taught the 2002 UC San Diego Extension course, “Jazz in a Post-Ken-Burns World." Varga lives with his wife in North Park.

Recent Articles

  • Fall Out Boy tour brings a bit of controversy

    Fall Out Boy tour brings a bit of controversy

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Carlos Santana and Chuck D are among the prominent musicians to voice support this year for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem at each NFL game he played in last season....

  • Queens of the Stone Age adds new 2018 tour dates, starting in San Diego

    Queens of the Stone Age adds new 2018 tour dates, starting in San Diego

    There’s good news for fans of Queens of the Stone Age. The hard-rocking band’s newly announced 2018 Villains tour leg will include 17 new shows across North America beginning with a pair of March concerts at San Diego’s Observatory North Park on March 21 and 22. The just-announced shows also include...

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