Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
2 hours ago | Books
In 1997, Thomas O’Keefe got a call from the management of a rising alt-country band Whiskeytown, asking if he’d be interested in taking on the job of the group’s road manager. He was at something of loose ends professionally at the time. And as th...
6 days ago | Pop Culture
While he’s not a household name, among guitar players and fans of contemporary jazz, Bill Frisell’s reputation – like his playing – is clean, impeccable, and adventurous. That he also plays in other genres like classical, avant garde, Americana, r...
10 days ago | Books
Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead’s Long, Strange Trip By Joel Selvin with Pamela Turley 288 pp. Da Capo Press $27 When Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia died on August 9, 1995 from a heart attack, it probably seemed...
14 days ago | Books
Siren Song: My Life in Music By Seymour Stein with Gareth Murphy 352 pp. $28.99 St. Martin’s Press As co-founder of Sire Records in 1966 – and still active in the industry today – Seymour Stein has seen a lot. Just a partial list of artists he’s d...
27 days ago | Concerts
Houston’s first Classic Rock Co-Headlining Package Tour of the (almost) summer season arrives with this two-fer under “The Summer of Living Dangerously” banner. And both bands have much in common: a heyday of the 1970s, names derived from slang fo...
1 month ago | Books
Working for the Man, Playing in the Band: My Years with James Brown By Damon Wood with Phil Carson 320 pp. $26.95 ECW By almost every written account by journalists and band members, the Godfather of Soul was a hard nut to work for, and guitarist ...