Music

'Birthplace of the Blues' would be far more appropriate.

Why I Sing The Blues: B. B. King and America’s Racist Revisionism

We all have to go some time. And hopefully, B. B. King was able to reflect in his twilight years that he had lived a longer, greater and more illustrious...
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Ben E. King in his early solo days

Ben E. King: The Sweet Soul Man

  It’s hard to imagine a sweeter person in all of soul music than Ben E. King, who passed away on April 30 at the age of 76. Our family...
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Pete Townshend with Noel Fletcher, London Wembley Arena, July 2013

The Mediums of Music

When interviewing older musicians, the tables are frequently turned, and I find myself asked for my opinion on contemporary music – its merits, musical and otherwise, and to what extent...
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Don Covay 1938-2015

Researching this Wilson Pickett book can at times feel like I’m shadowing the Reaper. Pickett would have turned 74 this year, so it’s understandable that many of his peers have...
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Mac's hospitality in 1997 was all the more appreciated given that he was in the midst of writing his own autobiography, All The Rage. It's as cheeky and loving a memoir as you would expect. If you don't have it, add it to your wish list.

Ian McLagan: An Appreciation

I can’t profess to have known Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan in any great sense. But when I was researching my Keith Moon biography, I was (finally) able to secure an interview...
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The “Sunday Soul Sermon”

Swapped out my usual monthly, mid-week, 150-minute show on WGXC for a Sunday evening two-hour special, flexing off my travels and research and interviews for my Wilson Pickett biography. Thoroughly enjoyed...
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Wilson Pickett: A biography

I am happy to announce my next book project: the first ever biography of WILSON PICKETT, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Wilson Pickett with Jimi Hendrix, Atlantic...
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Jeremy Kushnier, Grace Stockdale, Jonathan Hammond, and Alexis Fishman. Photo by Carol Rosegg

Atomic: A New Musical

Especially, but not limited to those in the New York vicinity, I’d like to recommend Atomic: The Idea That Shook The World, a new off-Broadway musical that our family saw...
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