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,…

My story on The Story

My unlikely tale of Chinese blues stardom. a good story on APR's The Story: http://tinyurl.com/4fvgv3x

Big in China Excerpt 1 - Through the Looking Glass

With the release of Big in China now just one week away, I will be presenting some short excerpts. First up is Through the Looking Glass, taken from Chapter 3, Across the Great Divide. As always, feedback is welcome. Happy reading.Through the…

Excerpt coming soon.

My Big In China excerpt has been delayed due to technical difficulties. It will be up tonight. Thank you for your patience.

Expat Youth Scholarship contest

I am proud to say that I am judge for Clements International Youth Scholarship contest. Press release follows.Clements International, a global insurance provider serving the expatriate community, recently launched their 3rd Annual Expat Youth…
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1203 Posts later, how this blog helped me get a book deal

I sat at my dining room table in Maplewood, New Jersey with my wife Rebecca and our dear friends Craig Winkelman and Jane Beck. It was July, 2005, and they were there for a goodbye dinner; in a few weeks my family of five would be moving to…

From the archives: Albert King

Time to take another look at this old story, one of the highlights of my years at Guitar World. I wrote the intro a few years ago when the piece was rerun in Hittin' the Note magazine. Just days after I became the Guitar World Managing…

From the Archives: Tiny Archibald

This is one of my favorites. I feel very blessed to have been able to do the things I have in life. But many of the highlights are not the big-ticket items, the meetings with famous people or celebrities that others often ask about. It's the…

It's a big world out there...

.. and in case you doubt it, check out the worldometer. This will twist your mind around in knots in ways both good and bad.

R.I.P. Chuck Tanner

Chuck Tanner, former Pirates manager, has died at 82. A little piece of my child hood died with him. He helped bring a lot of joy to me, the city of Pittsburgh and the game of baseball. He always seemed like a great guy and by all accounts was…