erik himmelsbach-weinstein

I wasn't born in the Valley, but, trust me, I’m a Valley native. I grew up in apartments in Sepulveda, a town that no longer exists, and condos in Chatsworth. On streets like Columbus, Langdon and Varna. Not convinced? At 10, I added my name to a block of fresh cement on Topanga Canyon Boulevard north of Devonshire. It’s still there, a lot of years later. I cruised Van Nuys Boulevard, drank beer at Gravity Hill, saw shows at the Country Club. As an adult, I have lived in Valley Glen, Valley Village, Studio City and Sherman Oaks. I have some perspective.

Perspective, bordering on obsession, of course. From 2003-2005 I wrote the column Valley Boy for a Los Angeles publication called Citybeat.  No digital footprint exists for these columns, so I’ve housed many of them here, along with newer musings that strike my fancy. 

Mostly, though, what you’ll find here are examples of my work. I’m a multimedia journalist, writing and editing both for print and digital. I’ve been a managing- and senior-level editor for national, regional and local publications like Spin, Bikini, Orange Coast and Los Angeles Reader. I’ve written about music, film, TV, books, and restaurants (and about myself) for publications such as Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Mojo, Alta, Los Angeles Magazine, Details, Chicago Sun Times and Newsday.

I’ve also worked in TV production as a writer and producer, specializing in documentary. Projects include several episodes of VH1’s Behind the Music; the VH1 Rock Doc “Monterey 40;” and the ESPN films “Year of the Scab,” which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival; and “The Marinovich Project,” nominated for a Best Sports Documentary Emmy in 2012.

You like what you see? Hit me up. I’m at erik@valleyboy.net

2010: With Ice Cube shooting Behind the Music

at his childhood home in South Central

2007 : With Pete Townshend, Austin, TX,

shooting Monterey 40

2007: With Bob Weir in Mill Valley,

shooting Monterey 40