Fred Wiebel Biography
Frederick C. Wiebel, Jr. is a 57 year old award winning artist and writer from Hagerstown, MD, who has written and contributed to many books and graphic novels including Backwards Into The Future: The Recorded History of The Firesign Theatre
, Edison's Frankenstein
, Frankenstein 1910
, and We Belong Dead: Frankenstein on Film
. Mr. Wiebel has also had numerous articles and interviews published in national magazines including Discoveries
, Cool and Strange Music Magazine
. Fred, considered by many as an early film historian and Frankenstein authority has toured the country lecturing on the subject at universities, symposiums, film societies and horror film conventions.
For 20 years Fred worked in broadcasting in the Washington, DC area as a programmer, commercial voice over artist, "talk radio commentator" and host of his own programs playing novelty and comedy records as "Grosso The Clown". As "Uncle Fred" he had a 6 hour weekly radio show, "Blue Notes" playing a mix of traditional and contemporary Blues musicians. During this time he interviewed and recorded live concerts for his show including John Mayall, John Hammond, Otis Rush, Honey Boy Edwards, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Pinetop Perkins, Luther Allison, Bernard Allison, Gatemouth Brown, Cephus and Wiggins, Hot Tuna, Earl King, John Jackson, Rory Block, The Nighthawks, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, and many, many more local and regional bands. Wiebel has turned his attention recently to compiling these interviews and recordings into CD and book form.
Fred was the editor and publisher of "Firezine," the official magazine of The Firesign Theatre. In that capacity, he performed many tasks for the group, including publicity, compiling information, collecting recordings, ephemera and developing many CDs that were released by Firezine and the group's own label "More Sugar". Some of his recordings were recently used for the group's latest release Box Of Danger: The Complete Nick Danger Casebook
on Shout Records.