Cerphe’s Up is an incisive musical memoir by Cerphe Colwell, a renowned rock radio broadcaster for more than forty-five years in Washington, DC. Cerphe shares his life as a rock radio insider in rich detail and previously unpublished photographs. His story includes promotion and friendship with a young unknown Bruce Springsteen; his years at radio station WHFS 102.3 as it blossomed in a new freeform format; candid interviews with Little Feat’s Lowell George, Tom Waits, Nils Lofgren, Stevie Nicks, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Steven Van Zandt, Robert Plant, Danny Kortchmar, Seldom Scene’s John Duffey, and many others; hanging out with George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, John Entwistle, Jackson Browne, and many more; testifying on Capitol Hill with friend Frank Zappa during the “Porn Rock” hearings; and managing the radio syndication of both G. Gordon Liddy and Howard Stern. Player listings and selected performances at legendary DC music clubs Childe Harold and Cellar Door are also chronicled.

Cerphe’s Up is both historically significant and a fun, revealing ride with some of the greatest rock-and-roll highfliers of the twentieth century. Cerphe’s Up belongs on the reading list of every rock fan, musician, and serious music scholar.


Saturday, March 28

Fireworks Pizza

2350 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA 11am-2pm  


Saturday, April 11

Principle Gallery

208 King Street, Old Town Alexandria, VA

with photographer Chester Simpson 1-4pm


Sunday, April 26 

Kensington Day Of The Book

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 10am 


Saturday, May 2

The Barns at Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA

with BandHouse Gigs Linda Ronstadt Tribute, 7pm


Sunday, May 3

The Barns at Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA

with BandHouse Gigs Linda Ronstadt Tribute, 2pm


Saturday May 16

Gaithersburg Book Festival

506 S Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 10am