is Stephen Funk Pearson's real middle name. Dr. Funk was
his grandfather. His parents are both musicians. He was
at the Woodstock Music Festival and travelled in Soviet
Russia. He built a cabin on an uninhabited island in British
Columbia and lived off the land. He played guitar, piano,
cello, flute, drums, etc. Hospitalized for a year, he was
told he may never walk again. He went to India on crutches
and founded a 40 member commune in New York. He graduated
from Vassar College with a double major in philosophy and
music and received his Master's from Hunter College with
honors in performance and composition. He started folk,
rock, and jazz bands (wrote the music, played and sang).
He raised 4 owls. He taught at Bard College. He was a lifeguard.
He spent 2 years in Europe on a Maguire Fellowship. He gave
his debut concert in London at the South
Bank Arts Center. He was Artist-in-Residence in North Carolina
and New York. He travelled the far east, Africa, Latin America
and Cuba. He was assisstant to the Press Secretary in the
Paul Tsongas presidential campaign.
Funk Pearson compositions are recorded and performed widely.
His CD "Hudson River Debut" was released by GSP Recordings.
His music is published by Guitar Solo Publications of San
Francisco and Theodore Presser. His writings have been published
in the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. His cartoon series
"Cacophony Corner" appeared in Soundboard magazine. He is
a Key Person and interviewer with Servas International and
has hosted travellers from all over the world. As the founder
of award-winning Funk-TV, he has written, produced and hosted
various series including "Censorship: Sense or Shit?". Responding
to intense controversy that was well chronicled by the Boston
media, but in defiance of federal law and Supreme Court
Rulings, Boston's BNN-TV3 threw "Censorship: Sense or Shit?"
off the air. The ACLU took up the cause. Funk-TV has filmed
specials in Paris and Prague and compilations of "U.B. The
Psychic Fashion Show" have aired in Boston, New York and
Los Angeles. Funk-TV clips were featured in an HBO special
documentary, and Funk-TV was selected as a finalist in the
national Hometown Video Awards competition for best public