Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era

(OTWF Publishing 2017) “Mellow memories emerge in this consummate, tightly edited look back at an exuberant way of life in San Francisco’s Fillmore District during the 1940s and ’50s, when dozens of blues, R&B and jazz joints flourished amid businesses run by African-Americans, Japanese-Americans and Filipino-Americans. During a 15-year period, Pepin explored city files and tracked former residents, and the resulting oral accounts by musicians and clubgoers make these pages an evocative echo of the past.” (review by Publisher’s Weekly, 2006) Elizabeth, along with co-author Lewis Watts, have also created a traveling museum exhibit. Find out the latest exhibit location and learn more about the book.
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Juxtapoz Magazine

Contributing Editor and Writer, 1997 – 2000
An alternative arts and culture magazine by the same publishers as Thrasher Skateboard Magazine. Elizabeth’s articles include cover stories on Masami Teraoka and Irving Norman, as well as interviews with Margaret Kilgallen, Harold Blank, and more.



Publisher/Editor, 1983 – 1989
Created in 1983 by Elizabeth
Pepin and Sarah Cain, this small photocopied music, style, and scooter fanzine grew to an internationally known glossy magazine before its demise in early 1989. Elizabeth was publisher, editor, writer, and photographer. In conjunction with the magazine, Elizabeth also began promoting concerts in the Bay Area, featuring bands such as No Doubt, Jane’s Addiction,Fishbone, The Untouchables, and The New Breed. Her Wha-a-am! Record label put out three singles featuring The Trebels and The Cynics.


Assistant Editor, 1995-1997
AlterNet is an award-winning news magazine and former weekly newspaper wire service that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of hundreds of other independent media sources.
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Misc. Writing

Researcher and Writer, 1986-Present Since 1986, Elizabeth has been writing and conducting research for a variety of publications and organizations including Bill Graham Presents, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, Microsoft Sidewalk, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, withitgirl.com, and the City of Richmond.


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