Reckoning: Conversations With the Grateful Dead

I'm very proud about my new Ebook, Reckoning: Conversations With the Grateful Dead and hope that you will check it out. The book includes interviews with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Phil and Trey Anastasio together,Robert Hunter, Bill Kreutzmann,…

Great Wall Video

This one combines it all.. a little travelogue, a little visitors' imagery and a little Woodie Alan original music.

catching up

wow. it will be wild if this post works. i am pecking it in on my phone from a train in central China. It is 5.30 am and I'm surrounded by sleeping people, including Becky and Eli.We've been swept away with visitors...my folks, aunt Joan and…
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Hockey column

One Couple's Passion for Hockey Draws Beijing Expats onto the Ice June 3, 2008 Remarkably, becoming a half-baked Chinese rock star is not the most absurd thing I've done in Beijing. The most absurd thing I've done is becoming a half-baked…

Beijing Blues

I threw together this video to accompany a version of our song "Beijing Blues," which we cut in a studio here a few weeks ago.I actually want to redo my vocals, but otherwise I'm pretty happy with it. First time in a fairly real studio doing…

Woodie Alan backing gospel choir

There is a group of mothers of kids at our school, Dulwich College, who sing in a gospel choir, led by the school's head of the music department. I heard them perform at an art show and auction last month and thought they were really good. I…

Fourth NBC blog post -- on NBA

My fourth blog posting for NBC is up and running. I am going to make you jump through an extra hoop. however. to get the link, you have to first go to Slam Online and see my post there. It has the NBC link. It involves a Chinese guy who named…

Anna End of Year Party

Anna and her class had an end of the year party and performance. She and her friend Hannah Louise were a two-headed fish. I have some video of this performance. Will try to sort it out. Afterwards, they had a water party. Two more weeks of …

Our favorite restaurateur

Meet Mr. Kro, proprietor of Kro's Nest pizzeria and many other hotspots around Beijing. Our kids' favorite place to go, and they love ol' Kro, too. As you can see.

Hello?

Hello, hello, hello, is there anybody out there?My writing up here has slowed down a bit as things heat up and I get ever busier, writing column and NBC blog, etc. But also I get the distinct impression that my readership is declining. Hey,…

Writing with a heavy heart...

June is the cruelest month in expat land, as moving trucks fill the lanes. It happens every year but this is the toughest for us, as we are losing several pillars of our world. I just came back from hugging Kristi and Nathan Belete and their…