Howard Kramer is a Senior Specialist of Music for the Popular Culture department based in Los Angeles, California. He is a recognized authority on the history of rock and roll as well as the roots and branches of American music and popular culture.
Prior to joining Bonhams, Kramer was the former Curatorial Director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has collaborated with and contributed to projects from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Graceland, Third Man Records, the Skirball Center of Los Angeles, and Studio Bell/National Music Center of Canada, among many others. Kramer was lead curator on numerous major exhibitions surveying artists and genres including the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, Hank Williams, Motown Records, the Clash, American Roots music and The Who's Tommy.
Kramer is the author of The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Rock and has written for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Rolling Stone, and Gadfly Magazine. Other published contributions include the Cambridge University Press Companion to the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen: Cultural Studies and the Runaway American Dream.