Steve Wagner has over twenty-five years of experience in a wide variety of entertainment industry fields. He is currently a consultant for several independently-owned collections of music-related fine art, including The Icon Collection, which houses the world’s top collection of original Pink Floyd album cover artworks, amongst many other high-end rock collectables. Steve can also be heard doing film industry commentary and celebrity interviews on Flick Nation Radio (www.flicknation.net), a weekly podcast in association with KGO radio in San Francisco. Recent interviews include Ang Lee, Richard Linklater, William Freidkin, David Chase, and Stevie Nicks.
From 2004 to 2011, Steve was director of the San Francisco Art Exchange, a leading gallery for rock & roll and pop-culture fine art, working directly with over 100 top celebrity photographers and album cover artists. He has brokered sales of many of the world’s most famous album cover original art-works, paintings, and photographs at record prices, including: Hipgnosis’ Pink Floyd covers (Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals); Iain Macmillan’s Abbey Road photography; Michael Cooper’s Sgt. Pepper’s photography; Robert Freeman’s Beatles photography (With the Beatles, Beatles for Sale, Rubber Soul); Jerrold Schatzberg’s Bob Dylan photography (Blonde on Blonde); and Roger Dean’s YES covers (Yessongs, Yesterdays, Yesshows, Drama).
Steve is considered one of the field’s leading experts on the history and iconography of rock music and album cover imagery, and, in 2008, he was a featured speaker at the Global Sound Conference in Los Angeles, lecturing on the topic “Mythic Archetypes in Popular Music.”
Prior to his foray into the world of fine art, Steve made his living as a professional musician, and later, as a television host and producer. From 1985-1992, he was the singer and guitarist of The Backsliders, a nationally touring rock band that performed over one thousand shows, opening for numerous national acts, including: Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, Three Dog Night, Bo Diddley, and former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor.
He then became the host and executive producer of the long-running San Francisco (KGO/ABC Ch. 7) television program Filmtrip, hosting, writing, and producing over one hundred and thirty episodes of the series between the years 1993 and 1998. As host of Filmtrip, Steve reviewed over 1,000 films and interviewed over 200 actors, directors and writers, including: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Julianne Moore, The Coen Bros., Michael Moore, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, Gary Oldman, William Hurt, Renee Zellweger, Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Hugh Grant, and Shirley MacLaine.
Steve has contributed articles and columns on music, film, and popular culture to numerous magazines, including The Note (Kansas City), San Francisco Socialite, Bay Arts and Music, and MODA (San Francisco). His music-related interviews for print and television include Jon Anderson (YES), Todd Rundgren, Jimmy Webb, BR-549, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), Chet Helms, and Dolly Parton.
Additionally, in 2000, Steve was the Broadcast Host (KOFY/WB Ch. 20) for the California Music Awards (Bammies), and, in 2003, contributed creatively to the book “Swami for Precedent” by Swami Beyondananda (author/comedian Steve Bhaerman, WakeUpLaughing Press). Steve attended Webster University in St. Louis (1980-83), majoring in Literature with minors in Communications and History.