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The Circle is Unbroken - Friends of the Brothers Return to Brooklyn Bowl 10/25

We will never allow the circle to be broken. Very excited to be returning to the great Brooklyn Bowl with Friends of the Brothers on October 25.  Tickets are just $12 and presales are a big help. Click here. FOB features Peter Levin…

Portland Oregonian Review of Big in China

The Oregonian ran a really nice, thoughtful, in-depth review of Big in China last week. Here it is re-reun on the website of the writer, John Strawn.
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RIP Tractor Traylor: A personal rememberance

Wow. Tractor Traylor dead at 34. This is just very very sad. Tractor was starring for U-M when I was living in Ann Arbor in 96-98. I saw him play a lot and did a piece in Slam - one of the first things I wrote for the magazine.  He…

Some Soulshine for the 800th rainy day in a row

The sun may never shine again in the Northeast, so you might as well focus on letting your soul shine. Bluesman Larry McCray, an old friend of Warren Haynes', was the first one to record this. This goes out to my brother Woodie Wu and to the…

Some new pictures by Kathryn Huang

I did a photo shoot with Kathryn Huang today because I needed some very specifically framed photos for a Beijing magazine. Here are a couple examples of what we did.I suggested this as sort of a joke after seeing versions of it in so many Guitar…
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Big in China Excerpt: The Ecstasy of the evangelist. Preaching the blues in Changsha

"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.” -Gregg Allman, the Allman Brothers Band —This…

Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba loves Big in China

Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba on Big In China: "This book is great. I recommend it to any guitarist, traveler, or basketball fan!" He sent this out as a tweet and also referred to me as "my friend..." That's all really nice. We…

Bob Dylan was not censored in China - and so what if he was

Bob Dylan has spoken out, making a rare public statement, er blog post, on his website, about his allegedly having been censored in China.I don't blame him for being pissed and stepping up here. The whole incident was widely and wildly misconstrued…
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"Alan Paul, A Southern Rock Champion"

There are times when I wish the 12-year-old could see me, and reading a headline calling me a "Southern Rock Champion" is one of them. It makes me think of being in my basement staring at the Skynyrd poster on the wood paneled wall, or laying…

RIP Tractor Traylor

Wow. Tractor Traylor dead at 34. This is just very very sad. Tractor was starring for U-M when I was living in Ann Arbor in 96-98. I saw him play a lot and did a piece in Slam - one of the first things I wrote for the magazine.  He made…

The sad demise of nicknames

There's a good, though overly academic, piece in the NYTimes today about the sad demise of sports nicknames. It's a topic we've ranted about in Slam and over at SlamOnline for years. Slam has made efforts to create nicknames for players…