Roy Zimmerman is a Guitarist/songwriter/satirist who founded the Southern California folk quartet The Foremen. The quartet pulled off the remarkable feat of performing at the national conventions of both major American political parties in 1996. The Foremen continued on for a short time after Zimmerman went on to become a solo act, writing and performing topical songs on subjects ranging from Martha Stewart to supermodels to television to religious fundamentalism to the state of the country and the world. Zimmerman says:
There's nothing funny about World Peace. Social Justice never killed at the Comedy Store. If we ever attain a worldwide consciousness of peace and justice, I'll be happily out of a job. But as long as there's poverty, war, bigotry, ignorance, greed, lust and paranoia, I've got a career.
Zimmerman performed his song Chickenhawk, an indictment of those who think militarism is a fine idea as long as they and no one they know has to be directly involved, at the counter-events to the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. His songs are played regularly on the Doctor Demento show.
Roy Zimmerman lives and works in Marin County, in Northern California, with his wife and frequent collaborator Melanie Harby and their two sons Joe and Sam.