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Al Kooper

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    RIP Johnny Winter: Texas Blues Icon Dies at Age 70

    Guitarist Johnny Winter, one of the true greats of Texas blues, passed away Wednesday night in Switzerland. His publicist sent the following message at 5 a.m. Thursday, and said a longer official statement would follow "at the appropriate time." "His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by t ... More >>

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    February 26, 2014

    Don't Know Who Michael Bloomfield Was? You Totally Should.

    "He was the greatest guitar player I ever heard" -- Bob Dylan "[He] is music on two legs" -- Eric Clapton "You could put [him] with James Brown, and he'd be a motherfucker." -- Miles Davis Wow. What other unknown axe-slinger could garner such praise from such music heavyweights? But this is only a ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    A Summer Place

    Free Press Summer Fest unveils its pricier 2014 lineup.

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    February 11, 2014

    Texas Guitar God Johnny Winter Is Forever True to the Blues

    A December 1968 edition of Rolling Stone featured Texas musicians who were at the time making inroads into the magazine's home city of San Francisco. Featuring a cover photo of cowboy-hatted Doug Sahm (balancing toddler son Shawn on his knee), it mentioned players and singers both known (Janis Jopli ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    Kenny Wayne Shepherd Takes a Ride In New Blues-Rock Supergroup

    How the new guitar-centric blues-rock supergroup The Rides came together involves a genesis that's more football than foot pedals. But the core trio of singer/guitarists Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and keyboardist Barry Goldberg couldn't be happier about the venture, whether it's a one-o ... More >>

  • Music

    September 5, 2013

    LGBT Bar Opening

    Neon Boots, Texas's biggest LGBT country bar, is open for business.

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    August 27, 2013

    New "Bootleg Series" Edition Revisits Reviled Period for Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 Columbia/Legacy "What is this shit?" It is the most famous review opening line in all of rock journalism. And it was penned by Rolling Stone's Greil Marcus in 1970 in an attempt to explain the unexplainable Bob Dylan Self Port ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Laura Nyro Is Worth Remembering

    "I'm writing about Laura Nyro. What should I say?" "Who?" This was not the answer I wanted or expected from my mother. After all, I had spent my single-digit years rifling through my parents' old vinyl and found Nyro's pen to be behind many a childhood favorite. Laura Nyro was born into a forward- ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    When Zombies Attack: The Colin Blunstone Interview, Part 1

    In today's pop culture, zombies are hot. Their lumbering, slack-jawed forms are moving (albeit slowly) on TV and in movies, video games, and off the pages of books. So it's sort of appropriate that -- like these monosyllabic, flesh-shedding creatures who get a second chance -- the beloved '60s Brit ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    The 5 Best Onstage Band Pranks

    You might think that it's a little bit early for April Fool's, but pranks go on between musicians and bands year-round. Given that musicians are an immature, jocular sort, tied inherently to an adolescent dream of being a rock star, it should be no surprise that they get into all kinds of crazy insi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Lonesome Onry And Mean: Two Chicago Cats Remember A "Diamond Ring" And "Spanish Harlem"

    Los Angeles-based Cary Baker's Conqueroo is one of the go-to publicity firms for folks in the roots-music game. Baker grew up in Chicago and has been instrumental in keeping the memory of a number of old-time Chicago bluesmen like Arvella Gray's memory and music alive. His earliest song memory: "My ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Eyeballin': The Zombies, Odessey and Oracle: The 40th Anniversary Concert

    ‚ÄčHere's a Classic Rock Math Query: Which British Invasion band, if you took the length of their career and amount of recorded output and juxtaposed it against the overall quality of their material, would end up as the "best" group? With all due respect to fans of the Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who, A ... More >>

  • Music

    January 1, 2009
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    December 15, 2005

    Kapusta Kristmas

    Thanks to the Internet, you no longer have to be on Al Kooper's holiday list to hear some of the funniest tapes in history

  • Music

    February 19, 2004

    Night of the Living Dead

    The Zombies erupt out of the psychedelia graveyard

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    Behind the Music (City)

    Is she rock? Is she soul? Jonell Mosser keeps 'em guessing

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    February 18, 1999
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    August 27, 1998
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    July 16, 1998
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    February 13, 1997
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    January 9, 1997

    The Good with the Badfinger

    A Houston producer pays loving tribute to an enduring -- if cursed -- band

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    May 23, 1996
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