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Raised Joseph Alia Incagnoli, Jr. in working class Jeffries Point, East Boston, author Joe Harvard has lived in Asbury Park, NJ for nearly a decade. Joe became an Ivy-trained archaeologist before settling into a long career as a musician, producer-engineer, promoter and indie pioneer. Co-founder of Fort Apache Recording , Helldorado Productions (originators of Music at the Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge)  , NYC's Tribal Soundz , & Asbury's Cranial Mass Productions , winner of the WFNX/Boston Phoenix Best Local Producer title  and NYC's prestigious Moth StorySLAM Championship , his most recent accolades include Asbury Music Awards (AMA's) for Top Americana Band , Top Multi-Instrumentalist  and Top Avant-Garde Act . Joe's LP Country Eastern, a meld of garage, alt-country and middle eastern sounds, is available at iTunes, CDBaby and other online vendors.
Harvard honed his writing from 1996 through 2003 on his award-winning Boston Rock Storybook web site [now being battered into publishable form offline] before authoring The Velvet Underground and Nico for Continuum editor David Barker's 33-1/3 Series in 2004. Joe appears in several books on indie and alternative rock, like Josh Frank's excellent Pixies: Fool the World and video/film documentaries including Counting Backwards and The Velvet Underground, A Critical Analysis, as well as contributing to local music publications such as Upstage, Fabric Staircase and Muck.
Joe's list of session credits includes playing on LP's with Dinosaur, Jr., Throwing Muses, the Pernice Brothers, and Grammy winning country artist James Otto, contributing any one of a host of instruments such as lap steel, timbura, tanbur, cumbus, bazouki, acoustic / electric guitar and bass. Joe has also contributed production and engineering for Treat Her Right, Morphine, Connells, Breeders, Tanya Donelly/Belly, Gwar, Peter Halsapple & Syd Straw among many. Harvard's 1985 - '93 tenure as principal owner of Fort Apache was marked by countless pioneering indie and alternative releases, including the Pixies, Bosstones, Buffalo Tom, Lemonheads, Mission of Burma, Blake Babies/Julianna Hatfield, and numerous others.
Joined by Cranial Mass Productions partner Mallory Massara, Joe can be found hosting Rock-N-Talk, a live music talk show held the last Friday of most months in Asbury Park. Another concept with roots in Cambridge's Plough & Stars Pub is the Long Weekend, which enjoyed a 2-year, 111 show weekly run on Monday nights, winning the AMA's Top Avant-Garde Act , and is now done intermitently as the mood strikes. This unique evening features co-Host Mallory Massara as Queen of Trivia & creator of goofy/brainy contests. while Joe conducts a constantly shifting assemblage of audience members -- both musicians and non-players alike. Exploring Andy Warhol's idea of eliminating borders between audience and performer, all percussion and other instruments and amplifiers are provided for spontaneous performances of songs as well as for improvised backing for spoken word during the popular Poetry Corner. Joe has also provided musicianship for performances and/or recordings with prominent NJ songwriters such as Mark Prescott, Keith Monacchio, Rick Barry, Lauren Pennington, Geena, Greg Wilkens, Kenny "Stringbean" Sorensen and the Stalkers and the groups Agency, Dubproof and Last Perfect Thing. He continues to play regular live shows with Velveeta [the Velvet Underground tribute band], the Cockwalkers [Boston Garage at it's best], solo as the Human Slinky, and with the Joe Harvard Band.
He is currently working on a second book of true stories from the world of rock, and his travel experiences in the U.S.,, U.K., Saudi Arabia, Greece and Pakistan, and adapting the once-online Boston Rock Storybook for print.