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About Kerry Candaele


Born in Vancouver, Canada,  Kerry  Candaele  grew up in Lompoc, a small working-class town on the central coast of California. 

After attending U.C. Santa Barbara, and Columbia University−where he was a Richard Hofstader Fellow in U.S. history−Kerry taught history and politics at various colleges, including Occidental College and Cal State Dominguez Hills in California, and Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.

Kerry has also worked for the international NGO, Democracy Council, as a election official in Guatemala with the Organization of American States (OAS), in East Timor (Timor-Leste) with local civil society groups, and in Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza City on democracy building projects. He has filmed all over the world, including China, South Africa, Morocco, Indonesia, Chile, and many European countries.

Kerry is the author of three books and many articles on U.S. history and popular culture. His writing has appeared in The Nation, USA Today, the Huffington  Post, Symphony Magazine, Alternet, and other print and online publications. His most recent book, Journeys With Beethoven co-authored with Greg Mitchell, covers the making of his film Following The Ninth. Kerry just released the 2nd of his Beethoven trilogy, Love & Justice: In The Footsteps of Beethoven's Rebel Opera. The film is on tour throughout the country in 2023.

He also continues to work on writing and recording his own compositions, with two albums released to date, Gas Money, and Icarus Descending. The third album, I Tasted the Madeline, will be released in 2024. He lives in Venice, California.

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