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RIP Robert Hunter, one of the all-time great songwriters

Eyes of the World: An interview with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter So very, very sad to hear that Robert Hunter has passed away. To honor the man, I present my 2015 (?) interview. An edited version ran on WSJ.com as part of a preview…
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Duane Allman's 57 goldtop Les Paul found

I had the pleasure of visiting the Big House Museum in Macon, GA and holding this guitar last week. Photos and story about that to come. While there, I proudly signed the displayed copy of Guitar World featuring this story. Duane Allman’s…
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Duane Allman's long-lost 57 Les Paul found - and Duane live!

Gregg Allman on Big in China,: "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.”Anyone who has read…
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From the archives: The Making of Layla

I am happy to pull from the archives this behind-the-scenes story about the making of Layla, an undisputed rock and roll masterpiece. Originally written for Guitar World some time between 1996-98 for the Producers column. Tom Dowd was…
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Wilson Pickett, R.I.P.

One of my favorite singers, "Wicked" Wilson Pickett died yesterday. He sang “Mustang Sally,” “In the Midnight Hour” and many more. It’s also worth digging up a copy of him singing lead on the Falcons’ 1962 “I found A…