Bay Area Pop Culture Quiz: Music

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Test your knowledge of some of the people, places and things that put the Bay Area on the pop-culture map. Second up: Music.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Several hit albums have been recorded in the Bay Area. Which ranks as the biggest seller?

    • A. 

      “American Idiot,” Green Day

    • B. 

      “Infinity,” Journey

    • C. 

      “Somewhere in California,” Night Ranger

    • D. 

      “Rumours,” Fleetwood Mac

    Correct Answer
    D. “Rumours,” Fleetwood Mac
    Explanation
    “Rumours” (1977) had estimated worldwide sales of more than 40 million. Anyone who answered the Night Ranger album must now leave the room.

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  • 2. 

    One of the most significant guitarists in rock history was born in Berkeley. What’s his name?

    • A. 

      Peter Buck of R.E.M.

    • B. 

      Joe Satriani

    • C. 

      Jimi Hendrix

    • D. 

      Carlos Santana

    Correct Answer
    A. Peter Buck of R.E.M.
    Explanation
    Peter Buck was born Dec. 6, 1956, in Berkeley.

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  • 3. 

    Which local rock ’n’ roll icon will you find buried in Palo Alto?

    • A. 

      Jerry Garcia

    • B. 

      Ron “Pigpen” McKernan

    • C. 

      Janis Joplin

    • D. 

      Skip Spence of Moby Grape

    Correct Answer
    B. Ron “Pigpen” McKernan
    Explanation
    Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, a founding member of the Grateful Dead, died in 1973 and is buried at Alta Mesa Cemetery.

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  • 4. 

    What groundbreaking music business got its start in the 700 block of Brannan Street in San Francisco?

    • A. 

      Pandora

    • B. 

      Rolling Stone

    • C. 

      VH1

    • D. 

      Tower Records

    Correct Answer
    B. Rolling Stone
    Explanation
    The first home of Rolling Stone magazine was at 746 Brannan St. Its first issue came out Oct. 18, 1967.

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  • 5. 

    What were the names of the original Pointer Sisters trio of Oakland?

    • A. 

      June, Bonnie and Anita

    • B. 

      Maxine, Patty and LaVerne

    • C. 

      Diana, Mary and Florence

    • D. 

      Cindy, Maxine and Dawn

    Correct Answer
    A. June, Bonnie and Anita
    Explanation
    The original Pointer Sisters trio of Oakland consisted of June, Bonnie, and Anita.

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