Valerie Brown

Valerie Brown is an Oregon musician and writer. She was active in the Portland music scene throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, playing in the band Moonstone, working as a solo singer-songwriter, and as a member of the a cappella group Betty Romaine. She also worked as a modern dance accompanist at Reed College, Dancers’ Workshop, and Portland State University. In 1991, she earned a master’s degree at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Her thesis examined formal and informal censorship of popular music in the 1950s.

Author's Entries

  • Paul Revere and the Raiders

    Paul Revere and the Raiders combined a punchy garage-rock sound, Revolutionary War costumes, and a deceptive wholesomeness into a cocktail eagerly consumed by young fans and the music industry in the mid-1960s. The group put Oregon and the Pacific Northwest on the rock-music map. Organist Paul Revere Dick met Eugene …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Walter Cole (Darcelle) (1930-2023)

    When Walter Cole was discharged from the military in the late 1950s, he had little idea that his alter ego, the female impersonator Darcelle, would emerge and that he would become the proprietor of the longest-running drag cabaret on the West Coast. Born in 1930, Cole spent his childhood in …

    Oregon Encyclopedia