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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…

James Fallows 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…

Mazel Tov Mike Brown and why that makes me think of Darryl Dawkins and 9/11

Congrats to Mike Brown for being named the new head coach of the Lakers. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, and I mean that quite sincerely. Brown being in the news has me thinking about the awesome character Darryl Dawkins, the sad tale…

Woodie Alan - "Meet Me in the Morning"

Live in Hangzhou. This was our first tune at one of our most memorable gigs, at Hangzhou's great JZ club. I wish I had more clips from this superb evening.

Adele- a new, old paradigm?

I have to admit that I didn't realize how big Adele was, though I have been really enjoying a few of her songs. But I came across this article about her in The Independent, thanks to Bob Lefsetz and I found it really refreshing and interesting…

Welcome to my New Blog

It's been a long time coming. but a change has come. Welcome to my new blog, finally integrated into a reasonable website, with the able assistance of the incredibly patient Jeb Dickerson. For more info on him, you can visit howtomatter.com.…

Live Wire, Blues Power: the mighty Albert King

  As I've written before, interviewing the mighty blues guitarist Albert King during my first months as Guitar World's Managing Editor way back in 1991 was a tremendous thrill.  Twenty years later it remains a definitive career highlight.…

Ladies and gentleman, Woodie Alan

I always liked this guy's photos and I just came across this one, which I had not seen in a while on Woodie's My space page.  It is a bad copy and the image is too small, but it captures something and I like it. Alan Paul and Woodie…

Welcome Back to Pittsburgh Jim Leyland

With Jim Leyland and his Tigers pulling into PNC tonight, it seemed like a good time revisit one of the skip's finest moments as amanager: taking on Barry Bonds. Thanks for the memories and the years of service.

"It's oil...black, black gold"

The fine folks from Taiwan's NMA animation strike again, this time with this fine summary of rising gas prices. The lead character is a pretty insulting caricature of an American, but this sums things up in a fun and amusing few minutes better…

Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai Here I Come

Photo by Kathryn HuangI'm very happy to say that I will be in China to promote Big in China very soon. Scroll down the page to read some excerpts from the book.More dates are being added, but I am already looking like a busy boy. Confirmed…