David Bieber

DAVID BIEBER
President/Curator
david@davidbieberarchives.com

David Bieber and his archives represent 50-plus years of collecting and preserving the popular culture, music and media of the 20th and 21st centuries. David has acquired more than one million artifacts, building a collection ranging from vintage vinyl to antique radios, movie memorabilia to original Andy Warhol art, posters to press kits, baseball cards to bottle caps, always believing that the transitory creations of today are the treasures of the future.

Following business studies at Miami University and public relations at Kent State, he received a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University. While in college, he reported for Billboard magazine, interviewing dozens of entertainers, from Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong to Frankie Valli and the Four Season and Johnny Carson.

A Boston music and media veteran, David’s career spans four decades, including positions as Creative Services Director at the groundbreaking WBCN-FM for 16 years, Director of Special Projects at the Boston Phoenix/WFNX-FM for 19 years, as well as Music Director at WBUR-FM and freelance contributor and consultant to the Smithsonian Museum, Rolling Stone’s Illustrated History of Rock and Roll and the Boston Globe.

Chuck White

CHUCK WHITE
Vice President/Chief Archivist

chuck@davidbieberarchives.com

Performer. Author. Musicologist. Historian. Agent. Provocateur. Sound Engineer. Manager. Multi-media Specialist. Chuck has left no stone unturned exploring the music industry.

His CV notably features appearances on MTV, the founding of The Boston Rock & Roll Museum, the discovery of the lost Jimi Hendrix masters, the curation of Dick Clark’s National Music Foundation, the penning of the 26-part series, The History of Boston Rock and Roll, and major roles in Boston nightclub institutions Green Street Station, Bunratty’s and The Middle East. He booked Pearl Jam and Morphine, mixed the Pixies, ran sound for Nirvana, managed the Well Babys, opened for Chris Isaak, moved Ani DiFranco, fronted Drezniak and conspired with Cherry Vanilla. He also built interactive exhibits for Aerosmith and created early streaming portals Radio Free Berkshires, Radio Free Key West and MotherlodeTV.

LANCE VANDYKE SALEMO

LANCE VANDYKE SALEMO
General Manager/Director of Operations

lance@davidbieberarchives.com

Lance started in radio as a Producer/DJ before turning to TV commercial/promo production as an Art Director and Production Designer, creating spots for ESPN, Siskel & Ebert, CNN, ABC-Sports, CBS News, TBS and the Discovery Channel.

In 2000, he joined creative agency BIG BLUE DOT, a leader in kid-centric branding, strategy and design for all media, as a Designer, Project Manager, and Creative Director. His clients included PBS Kids, Disney, Nickelodeon,
Hasbro, Cartoon Network, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and National Geographic. More recently, as a freelance Art Director, Lance worked on projects for such companies as HBO, Cinemax, HGTV, the History Channel and Bose.

Also in 2010, Lance partnered with the Newport Folk Festival to establish their first dedicated Family Stage. Considered one of the “hidden gems” of the fest, he produced and managed that stage from its inception through 2014, showcasing sets by Pete Seeger, Nickel Creek, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Amy Helm, Andrew Bird, Hurray For the Riff Raff and Connor Oberst, among others. With art, music, pop culture and entertainment at his career core, Lance has his hands in all aspect of the Archives.

Jeannie Smith

JEANNIE SMITH
Executive Producer/Project Manager

jeannie@davidbieberarchives.com

Jeannie’s specialty is logistics, her talents running the gamut from concert, festival and theater production to artist and tour management in both the US and Europe. Her projects have included notable artists such as the Black Crowes, country folk icon John Prine, Americana rocker Sarah Borges and international Celtic powerhouse SOLAS. She has produced benefit concerts for the historic folk shrine Club Passim, and also worked with Charles Laquidara on his famous morning drive radio show. Prior to all of that, Jeannie worked in the financial software business, received her Masters degree in counseling psychology and was also involved with the American Red Cross in Disaster Management.

In March 2018, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the birth of WBCN radio, Jeannie and her team produced a sold out launch party for Charles Laquidara’s multimedia memoir, Daze In The Life. Held at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, the event also featured an exhibit by the David Bieber Archives. Currently, she contributes her logistics and management skills to drafting proposals, organizing archive activities and making sure we all stay on task with our various projects.

Peter Casperson

PETER CASPERSON
Director of New Business

peter@davidbieberarchives.com

An established music business veteran, Peter has run successful companies in all areas of the field. While attending Babson College for finance, he started Castle Music Productions, producing demos, promoting shows and booking people like Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He also operated a music publishing company, a recording studio, a booking agency, and opened his own club in Boston, the Catacombs, where Van Morrison famously came to perform and perfect Astral Weeks prior to recording the now-classic album.

In 1983 Peter co-founded boutique management company, Invasion Group, a collective of artist managers with unique and specialized areas of expertise. In 2005 he co-founded Invasion’s sister company, UFO (United For Opportunity), providing indie artists with a one-stop shop, from management and distribution to booking and promotion. A sampling of artists that Peter and his companies have worked with includes: Jonathan Edwards, Garland Jeffries, Ani DiFranco, Phoebe Snow, Bill Hicks, Martin Mull, Bootsy Collins, Mercury Rev, Average White Band, Bernie Worrell, Damien Demspey, Jai Uttal, Donny McCaslin, Gail Ann Dorsey, Gracie and Rachel, Ronnie Spector, and Tall Heights. Peter now applies his career experience, independent ideology and hands-on approach to actively looking for new opportunities for the David Bieber Archives.

STEPHEN FERRARA
Business Manager

stephen@davidbieberarchives.com

Stephen received his Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bryant University, majoring in accounting, and has more than 30 years of diversified experience in financial and business management. He joined the team at Motherlode International, parent company of David Bieber Archives, in an advisory capacity in early 2018 and soon thereafter accepted the role of Business Manager.

Previously, Stephen was the Business Manager at Paratronix Inc. in Attleboro, MA and was also the Accountant for Brown & Fisher Co. in Providence, RI, handling the financial affairs of Nicholas & J. Carter Brown, whose family donated the initial endowment for Brown University.