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A Tribute to Butch Trucks 3/1/17: thoughts, photos, videos.

Last Weds. March 1, I paid tribute to Butch Trucks with a special band: my Big in China core supplemented by Andy Aledort (Dickey Betts), Peter Levin (Gregg Allman) and Junior Mack (Jaimoe). This show meant a lot to me. March in NYC has…
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The China Daily is bullish on Big In China

"Big in China vividly conveys the open-ended, chaotic, wonder and possibility of being a foreigner in today's China. Alan Paul's evolution from expat-village 'trailing spouse' to star of the Chinese music scene stands for countless similar developments…

Jambands.com/Relix review of Big in China

Dean Budnick wrote a really nice review of Big in China in Relix, which is posted here on their Jambands.com. I like this review a lot and think he did a really nice job of striking a balance between the music and other themes in the boo…
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Duane Allman's long-lost 57 Les Paul found - and Duane live!

Gregg Allman on Big in China,: "What a romp. After writing about music for years, Alan Paul walked the walk, preaching the blues in China. Anyone who doubts that music is bigger than words needs to read this great tale.”Anyone who has read…

A good take on the Birther absurdity.

James Fallows at the Atlantic has a typically sane but impassioned take on today's press conference. A strong view from David Frum here. and the New Yorker's David Remnick on the absurdity of Donald Trump being at the center of ... anything…

China Misunderstood: Did We Contribute to Ai Weiwei’s Arrest?

"China Misunderstood: Did We Contribute to Ai Weiwei’s Arrest?" is a really interesting take on the Ai WeiWei arrest and, more broadly, about Western press coverage of Chinese crackdown of dissidents. It was written by my old friend and former…

Tiger Mom, Panda Dad

For better or worse, here's more proof that "Panda Dad" has entered the lexicon.

From the Archives: Sean Elliott

I was listening to the Spurs/Griz Game on Satellite radio in my car the other day. It was the Spurs home broadcast and I was struck by how insightful and honest an analyst Sean Elliott was. That made me think back to this interview I did with…
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Feeling "Lonesome"- Woodie Alan Blues

Like the song says, I hit the city and I lost my band. I know that some of you don't understand. I moved back from China two years ago but sometimes I miss my brother Woodie Wu in the most profound ways. I'd give anything to be able to pop…

Easter Bunny Fails

Happy Easter to one and all who celebrate the holiday. This list of 15 Creepy Easter Bunnies shines a bit of a light on why that mythical creature has always puzzled me so.