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Back in China for a Woodie Alan reunion!

I am writing this on a plane to Beijing after a completely discombobulating 24 hours, which started with wonderful news and took a sharp turn toward the very sad mid-afternoon with news of Gregg Allman’s passing. It began in the morning…
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RIP Col. Bruce - A Tribute to a Friend and Genius

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Oteil Burbridge: “If you're lucky enough, you'll meet someone who will show you the impossible over and over again until one day you find yourself doing things you never thought…

John Prine: A Short Appreciation

Some reflection on why I was so profoundly moved by seeing John Prine at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center last Saturday… I thought I was a John Prine fan. I knew all the words to his “Please Don’t Bury Me” when I was 14.…

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,…
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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…
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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…