Entries by AlanPaul

RIP Hal Greer – my Slam feature on

RIP Hal Greer. I profiled him in Slam in 2003. I have not updated the file. All information was accurate as of then. Complete Washington Post obit here. * It’s time for a pop quiz, so put down your book and pick up your pencil. This won’t take long. It’s a one-question test, one which […]

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An interview with Bill Russell

You can make a strong argument that Bill Russell is the greatest NBA player ever. I watched less NBA this year than any year in decades, but have already been digging the Playoffs, which inspired me to post this interview I did with Russ for Slam. All hail a brave, complex, misunderstood man. by Alan […]

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The formation of the Allman Brothers Band

It’s March 26, 2018. Happy 49th birthday Allman Brothers Band!Let’s celebrate with an excerpt from One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band detailing their formation. DICKEY BETTS: It says a lot that Duane’s hero was Muhammad Ali. He had Ali’s type of supreme confidence. If you weren’t involved in what he thought […]

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Eric Clapton with the Allman Brothers Band, 2009

It’s March 20. On this day in 2009, Eric Clapton played the second of two nights with the Allman Brothers Band, the emotional and musical climax of an incredible 40th anniversary Beacon run. The night before, I was in the house for night one, one of the handful of most exciting concerts of my life. […]

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The Allman Brothers At Fillmore East: A Brief History

In honor of the 47th anniversary of the first night of the magical Fillmore East turn that produced the epic album.  I present the following excerpt from One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. This is a partial, very abridged version of Chapter 8. To read the full story of the making […]

A David Gilmour interview in honor of his birthday

I interviewed David Gilmour in October, 2015, for a Relix cover story. Today is his birthday. Good enough reason to share the story with you. David Gilmour’s guitar sound is completely distinctive: the tone, the touch, the phrasing. Anyone with a passing familiarity with Pink Floyd – which is to say anyone who’s turned on […]

Oteil Free LiveStream – and our BackStory interview in full

I saw Oteil Burbridge ‘s Oteil and Friends last night at le Poisson Rouge and it was fantastic. I hadn’t realized just how badly I needed a blast of optimistic funky good time music. Oteil’s excellent band includes keyboardist Melvin Seals, guitarists Scott Metzger and John Kadlecik, drummer Jay Lane, percussionist Weedie Braimah and vocalist Alfreda Gerald.  Melvin and Alfreda are just wonderful and Oteil’s […]