John Byrne Cooke

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John Byrne Cooke (born October 5, 1940 in New York City, New York [1]) is an American author, musician, and photographer. He is the son of Alistair Cooke, and the great-grandnephew of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

In the 1960s, he played with the bluegrass band, the Charles River Valley Boys,[2] and was Janis Joplin's road manager from 1967 until her death.

He has written several Western fiction novels, and book reviews for the New York Times, Washington Post, Book World[disambiguation needed], and the Los Angeles Times.

Cooke has lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming since 1982.


  1. ^ Clarke, Nick. Alistair Cooke: A Biography. Arcade Publishing, 2000. p. 170 ISBN 1-55970-548-5
  2. ^ CRVB page Accessed November 22, 2009

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