Story behind Joe Cocker covering James Taylor’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”

Former Joe Cocker keyboardist CJ Vanston wrote this to Bob Lefsetz: I suggested to the label that we cover a James Taylor song...not too "range-ey," so Joe could be Joe. Chris Briggs at EMI told me "good luck with that, we've been trying…
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Dean Ween’s Top 5 Records to “Party” With

I can assure you from personal experience that are few better people to party with than Mickey Melchiondo, aka Dean Ween. Some time in a dimly remembered past, I did a Guitar World feature with him, which spotlighted his 5 Favorite CDs to do…
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Steve Kimock and the endless quest for liquid gold tone

// Amazon.com Widgets I just came across this Steve Kimock feature I wrote for Relix in 2005, just before moving to China. I thought it was pretty swell. Enjoy. * It’s 8:10 pm at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. Doors were supposed to…

Guitars That Jam – Blakesberg Available Now

My friend Jay Blakesberg has a great new book Guitars That Jam: Portraits of the World's Most Storied Rock Guitars. It features a Forweord by Warren Haynes and pictures and the stories behind. Here is a sampling of the goodies therein. There…
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The time I interviewed James Brown about Say It Loud and I’m Black and I’m Proud

In 1999, Guitar World devoted an entire issue to the 30th anniversary of 1969, which we proclaimed the greatest year in rock. I wrote the histories of several landmark albums, including James Brown's Say It Loud (I'm Black And I'm Proud). The…

An interview with John Fogerty

I interviewed John Fogerty last year for the Wall Street Journal in advance of three shows he played at the Beacon. We spoke a lot longer than I could come close to capturing in that piece. Here is the more extensive Q&A. •• It’s…
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Checking in with the North Mississippi All Stars

I'll be hanging out with the Dickinson brothers in a couple of weeks at Butch Trucks' Roots Rock Revival. Great guys, great band, great spirit. This story originally ran in Relix. It’s soundcheck at New Jersey’s South Orange Performing…

Gimme Three Chords – Inside Lynyrd Skynyrd’s greatest hits

This article was written for published in Guitar World a long, long time ago. Don't forget to check out my book, One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. GIMME THREE CHORDS Guitarist Gary Rossington explains the…
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Billy Gibbons Reads One Way Out

As Billy Gibbons prepares for a rare club gig this Weds. night at B.B. King's in Manhattan: "With this fine work, Alan Paul accomplishes the admirable feat of delving the depths of the Allman Brothers, a great aggregation of talent and…
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Robby Krieger on One Way Out: “Great Read!”

"Robby Krieger of The Doors read One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. This is what he said: "I was struck by the similarities between the Doors and Allman Brothers, especially in our origins - the Eureka moment of certainty…