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2014 Stories by Bob Ruggiero

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  • The Brazilian Festival

    published September 4, 2014

    Brazil has been in the news a lot lately, thanks to some sports match they had down there. Houston’s Brazilian Festival gives those... More >>

  • Pop's History in 624 Pages, Plus One Very Loud Who Book

    published Sep 10, 2014

    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé By Bob Stanley W.W. Norton, 624 pp. $29.95 Well, that's not an ambitious title or anything, now is it? Especially when music jour... More >>

  • Southern Rock Gets a New Bible in Southbound

    published Sep 05, 2014

    While there are plenty of musicians, record collectors and journos who will argue (as only musicians, record collectors and journos can) that all rock is "Southern rock" due to its geographical origin... More >>

  • "Summer of Epic Adventure: The Sequel"

    published June 12, 2014

    With superheroes of all sorts, shapes, colors and cuts of cape crowding movie theaters this summer, it’s not surprising that champions of a... More >>

  • Confessions of Bob Dylan's Ex-Joint Roller

    published Sep 03, 2014

    Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and Off the Tracks By Victor Maymudes, co-written and edited by Jacob Maymudes St. Martin's Press, 304 pp., $26.99 From 1961 to 1966, Victor ... More >>

  • The Supertramp Mystique Extends to Instrumental Records, Too

    published Aug 29, 2014

    Singer/guitarist Carl Verheyen probably hasn't ever needed to file for unemployment with the musicians union. After a couple of decades as a sought-after studio axeman, he launched a solo career more ... More >>

  • Super Duper Alice Cooper More Than Just Snakes and Golf

    published Aug 27, 2014

    Super Duper Alice Cooper Directed by Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen, and Sam Dunn Eagle Rock, 127 mins, $14.98 DVD/$19.98 Blu-Ray Vincent Furnier was a shy, churchgoing, high-school track star and ... More >>

  • Crosby, Stills & Nash at Bayou Music Center, 8/25/2014

    Crosby, Stills & Nash at Bayou Music Center, 8/25/2014

    published Aug 26, 2014

    Crosby, Stills & Nash Bayou Music Center August 25, 2014 "I don't know how people got this idea that we are a political band," David Crosby -- trademark flowing grey hair and walrus mustache intact -... More >>

  • Summer of Epic Adventure—The Sequel—Episode 10: Brain Games

    published August 14, 2014

    Unite, Bayou City do-gooder kids! The pint-size villain Malicious has been attacking the city all summer and he isn’t done yet, the... More >>

  • Grown-up Storytime #69

    published August 14, 2014

    We can’t tell you exactly what to expect at Grown-up Storytime #69, the popular BooTown Theatre Group’s regular series of... More >>

  • Inside CSNY's Groundbreaking 1974 Tour

    Inside CSNY's Groundbreaking 1974 Tour

    published Aug 22, 2014

    "We knew it was something special," Graham Nash says on the phone from New York City. "No one had done a tour like that, in that many big venues. But I felt we were up to the task. We could all play a... More >>

  • The Magna Carta

    published February 13, 2014

    Even if your high school history is a bit rusty, you know that the Magna Carta is an important historical document. Often called “The... More >>

  • UniverSoul Circus 2014 Tour

    published August 7, 2014

    Think of UniverSoul Circus as a Caribbean carnival meets African B-­boys meets a Brooklyn house party, just with elephants and trapeze... More >>


    Graham Nash Can't Stop, Won't Stop

    published Aug 21, 2014

    Now that his production work on the four-years-in-the-making massive CSNY 1974 box set is over and fans have in their hands what they've dreamed about for years, 72-year-old Graham Nash can just lie b... More >>

  • Jerry Seinfeld

    published August 14, 2014

    On his hit television series, Jerry Seinfeld was a Superman-loving, breakfast cereal-eating, hard-to-please Master of His Domain. In real... More >>

  • Doug Benson

    published August 7, 2014

    In the documentary Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock famously investigated the health results of an all ­McDonald’s fast­ food diet. In... More >>

  • Chuck Negron: The Oldies Circuit's Sober Companion

    published Aug 15, 2014

    A little over a year ago, former Three Dog Night vocalist Chuck Negron stood onstage at the Stafford Centre at the finale of the "Happy Together" tour stop, belting out numbers while shoulder to shoul... More >>

  • Even at 80, British Blues Legend John Mayall Is "Always on Tour"

    published Aug 15, 2014

    At 80 years old, the "Godfather of British Blues" has certainly earned the opportunity to relax. Or slow down. Or stop performing all over the world at all. But when asked as to what his plans are aft... More >>

  • Pleasant Hill Winery’s 13th Annual Crush for Fun

    published July 24, 2014

    Whenever a retrospective TV show highlights clips from I Love Lucy, you can guarantee they’ll show the one where the girls go to Italy and... More >>

  • Lowrider Band Drummer Harold Brown: "Houston Has a Special Soul"

    published Aug 14, 2014

    Last summer, the Miller Outdoor Theatre presented a multi-racial '70s band who performed such recognizable FM radio classics as "Spill the Wine," "Why Can't We Be Friends?" "The Cisco Kid," "All Day M... More >>

  • “The Big Show”

    published July 10, 2014

    The juror for this year’s “The Big Show” at Lawndale Art Center is Erin Elder, visual art director at the Center for... More >>

  • Bio Paints Complex Portrait of AC/DC's Mighty Youngs

    published Aug 13, 2014

    The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC By Jesse Fink, 320 pp., $25.99. The mere mention of AC/DC to even the most casual of fans will bring up one image: the short, frenetic guitarist Angus Young d... More >>

  • 24th Annual Houston International Jazz Festival

    published July 31, 2014

    Houston’s not exactly known as a mecca for jazz, but the truth is the city has produced several internationally known artists (Joe Sample,... More >>

  • Gary Owen

    published July 31, 2014

    Hugely popular among black audiences, comedian Gary Owen is not black. In fact, he’s kind of pasty pale even for a white guy. Still,... More >>

  • Ballad of History's "Record Men" Sings Familiar Tune

    published Aug 05, 2014

    Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry By Gareth Murphy Thomas Dunne Books, 400 pp., $27.99 For a music-industry executive, label head, A&R scout, producer or agent, there was on... More >>

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