Robert Greenfield (born 1946) is an American author, journalist and screenwriter.
From 1970 to 1972 Greenfield was employed as an associate editor with Rolling Stone magazine's London bureau. During this time he interviewed numerous musicians and writers, including Jack Bruce, John Cale, Neil Young, Elton John, Nico, the Rolling Stones, Jackie Lomax, Leon Russell, Stone the Crows, Woody Allen and Germaine Greer. His 1971 interview with Keith Richards in the south of France at Villa Nellcôte, Villefranche-sur-Mer, was included in the book Exile, a collection of photographs by Dominique Tarlé, Genesis Publications (2001).
Greenfield was a popular music critic for Boston After Dark. He was an adjunct professor of composition and literature at the University of San Francisco, and has taught at Chapman University and Cabrillo College.
He worked as a freelance journalist for Eye and Cavalier magazine. A 1969 Eye article profiled early free-form radio at WFMU in East Orange, New Jersey and other locations. The magazines Esquire, Playboy, and GQ have published his short fiction.
Greenfield writes primarily on pop culture, and has published two novels. His first novel was Haymon’s Crowd (1978). In 1983 Greenfield wrote Temple a semi-autobiographical book and play about a young man who is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor and is obsessed with soul music.
In 2000, his one-man play, Bill Graham Presents, ran at the historic Canon Theater in Los Angeles. It was based on the biography Greenfield co-wrote about the legendary rock music promoter. Ron Silver played Graham.
Greenfield lives in Carmel, California.
- "S.T.P. - A Journey Through America With the Rolling Stones" (1974), (reissued in 2002 by Da Capo Press)
- "The Spiritual Supermarket: An Account of Gurus Gone Public In America" (1975)
- "Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out", with Bill Graham. (1992) (reissued in 2004). winner, Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, and the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Excellence.
- "Dark Star: An Oral Biography of Jerry Garcia" (Sep 1997)
- "Timothy Leary - A Biography", Harcourt Brace (2006)
- "Exile on Main St.: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones", Da Capo Press (Nov 2006)
- "Timothy Leary: An Experimental Life", narrated by Patrick Lawlor. unabridged edition, Blackstone Audio (2007)
- A Day in the Life: One Family, the Beautiful People, & the End of the Sixties, Da Capo Press, 2009. Biography of Formula One racedriver Tommy Weber and Susan Coriat, an upper class British couple, the parents of actor Jake Weber, who associated with sixties' music figures.
- Haymon’s Crowd (1978)
- Bill Graham Presents (2000)
Television and film
- Co-writer of The '60s, an Emmy nominated mini-series
- Producer of three short documentary films on permanent display at the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
- "Turned-On Radio: The New Wave: A place on the dial -- a state of mind -- new sounds ...", Eye magazine, November, 1969. Retrieved 2010-12-26.
- Interview with Robert Greenfield about Bill Graham
- "Timothy Leary: A Biography" as excerpted on The New York Times website