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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…

We're not moving to Canada. So what do we do now?

Stop talking about moving to Canada! It’s not happening and it’s insulting to the people who really are most likely to be in trouble and simply don’t have the option. Our African American brothers and sisters survived slavery, Jim Crow,…

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,…
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I was on Imus in the Morning talking One Way Out and the ABB

Here's a link to Imus in the Morning interview.  Don Imus interviews me about the band and the book...
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Promo video for One Way Out

Promo video made by my friend Brandon Findlay. All photos from One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. "This pot-stirring oral history reads like a backstory of how musical lightning comes to be. All of the surviving…

Checking in from Aspen - Aspen Times and hiking to 13,700 feet.

The Aspen Times did a nice story on me and my reading today. We've been in Aspen all week for a working vacation. Rebecca is finishing up an Aspen Institute fellowship and I am doing a reading at the great Explore Books today (Friday,…

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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"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…
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Ah, the good old days - Jet Lag division

And here's one for old time's sake. Since Big In China came out - and really since we moved to China, way back in 2005 - people have asked about the travel with the kids and how we dealt with jet lag. I even have a chapter in the book that at…

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…

My "writerhead" - interview and Big in China giveaway

An interview with me on Kristin Bair O'Keeffe's new Writerhead blog - all about the creative process and how I write. Plus - if you've been too cheap to buy Big In China, we are giving away two copies there.