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,…

Tonight in NYC - Big in China band @ Uncle Mike's in Tribeca

New York debut for my Big in China band  is tonight at Uncle Mike's in Tribeca. And yes they do have a TV if you want to catch Game 7 of the Series as well. Uncle Mikes: 57 Murray St (between Broadway & Church)  TriBeCa, New York "Beijing…

Marvin Gaye sings the greatest, most outrageous National Anthem ever

I happened to see some lame sitcom star sing the most flat, un-emotional, boring National Anthem you can imagine before the World Series the other night and it got me thinking about the greatest National Anthem ever and the one that was most…

The sad, sad situation of the Chinese toddler who was run over

Quite a few people have written or tweeted me to ask my opinion about the awful case of the Chinese toddler who was run over not once but twice while many, many passerbys did nothing, just passing her body lying in the street. It's an awful…

Mazel Tov to Evan Wolfson and Cheng He

What a nice story in Sunday's New York Times Vows section celebrating the wedding of Evan Wolfson and Cheng He. The article rightly describes Evan, as “widely considered to be a key architect of the movement to legalize same-sex marriage.”…

Guest blogging about the Steelers

I was proud to be Saturday's guest blogger on Pittsburgh Post Gazette #Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette's Plus page.  I delivered the PG as a kid, and have red it most days of my life, and Ed himself for years.

Long Live the King - paying tribute to B.B.

I took Jacob to see B.B. King at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair last night. BB is 86 and I wanted Jacob to see him, and sure enough he had a truly memorable experience. When Jacob went up front to take a picture, he was standing right in…

From my Slam archives: Original Old School with Jerry West

Jerry West was one of the first dozen or so old school NBA legends I interviewed for Slam, in 1997. I was struck by his intensity and his harsh assessment of his own legendary career, as having been "on the tragic end of things." is single…

I have signed my kids up for a cult

It's official. My children are now part of the cult of Steelers Nation - I took Jacob, 13, and Eli, 11, to their first game yesterday, along with my mother and father. I drove 350 miles each way by myself so they could be a part of this…

My report from Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Festival

Well, this was sure a fun gig. Even got to go hang out with my dear friend Art Rummler and his family for a couple of days. Originally posted on guitarworld.com. The third installment of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival offered…