Sandy Carter was born in Gulfport, Mississippi and grew up in Amarillo, Texas. While attending the University Of Texas at Austin, he became active in the late 60s anti-war, student, and civil rights movements. During the last three decades he has been active in organizing around workplace, community, and mental health issues. Since the early 80s, he has been living in the Bay Area. His writing on music, politics, and popular culture has appeared in the Bay Guardian and The San Francisco Chronicle. "Slippin` & Slidin," his column on music and popular culture, appears monthly in Z Magazine. He currently works as a high school counselor in Novato, California.