FEATURED IN THE EAST BAY EXPRESS: “The Infamous Interviews of Frank Moore” by Sarah Burke


Frank Moore’s Shaman’s Den streamed live on the internet almost every Sunday night from 1998 until Frank’s death in 2013. The Shaman’s Den was a 2 1/2-hour variety show featuring in-studio concerts by bands from around the world and in-depth conversations about politics, art, music, and life.

In this 350-page volume, the first in a series, Frank and his guests explore a wide-open field of topics and present new, alternative ways of looking at everything from current economic and political situations to personal relationships.

Featured in this volume are conversations with:

Paul Krassner, comedian/satirist and co-founder of the Yippies

Stephen Emanuel, musician, nurse and long-time friend

Louise Scott, “International bag lady” and long-time friend

Dr. Richard Kerbavaz, ENT doctor and surgeon

David Johnson, one of the San Quentin Six, and Elder Freeman, Catholic priest and founding member of the L.A. Black Panther Party for Self-Defense

Sasha Cagen, Quirkyalone creator and author

Penny Arcade, New York performance artist

Gerald Smith and Tracy James, political activists and pirate radio DJs

Michael Peppe, San Francisco anti-performance artist and composer

Kevin Danaher, co-founder of the human rights and social/economic/environmental justice organization, Global Exchange

John the Baker, singer, songwriter, punk musician and community organizer

Deep Conversations in the Shaman's Den, Volume 1 cover


Frank Moore was an American performance artist, shaman, teacher, poet, essayist, painter, musician, and internet/television personality who experimented in art, performance, ritual, and shamanistic teaching from the late 1960s until his death in 2013 in Berkeley, California.

Moore is well known as one of the NEA-funded artists targeted by Jesse Helms in the early '90s for doing art that was labeled "obscene". He is also well known for long (5-48 hours) ritualistic performances with audience participation, nudity, and eroticism.

Moore coined the word, "eroplay" to describe physical play between adults released from the linear goals of sex and orgasm. He explored this, and similar concepts in performance and ritual as a way for people to break through isolation, and connect on a deep human level beyond the social and cultural expectations and limitations.

Moore was born with cerebral palsy, could not walk or talk, and wrote books, directed plays, made award-winning films, gave poetry readings, played piano, sang in music jams, lead rock bands, and hosted a live variety show on his radical webstation, which he ran for 14 years. Frank's original oil and digital paintings have been shown across the United States and in Canada. Moore communicated using a laser-pointer and a board of letters, numbers, and commonly used words.

From 1991 to 1999 Frank Moore published and edited the acclaimed underground zine, The Cherotic [ r ]Evolutionary. In addition to his books, Cherotic Magic, Art of a Shaman, Chapped Lap, Skin Passion and numerous other self-published pieces, Moore was widely published in magazines and books.

In the 1970s, Frank Moore created the popular cabaret show, The Outrageous Beauty Revue. In the 1980s he became one of the United States' foremost performance artists. In 1992 he was voted Best Performance Artist by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. In 2001 he began producing shows for Berkeley's public access channel, and these shows continue today. In 2006, Moore became a write-in candidate for President of the United States in the 2008 election, qualifying in 25 states and receiving votes across the country. Since 2011, he has become internationally known for his performance/video archive on which has been viewed by over 30 million people worldwide.

Frank Moore performed regularly in the San Francisco Bay Area up until his death.

His students and the people influenced by his life/work continue his vision.

Frank Moore. Photo by Eric Kroll.



List Price: $20.00

Ordering options:

Alternative TentaclesAmazon.comBarnes & Noble

You can also buy the book at Bound Together Books in San Francisco.


E-Book available for libraries at
You can also receive the book directly from us for a suggested donation of $12.00 plus shipping. Please email us at
You can also read the entire book on The Internet Archive here:
Other books by Frank Moore
 are available here.
Sitemap button