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Posthumous Memoir of Music Exec Tells Tales of T. Rex, Pink Floyd, Wham! and More...

2 months ago by Bob Ruggiero
Have a Cigar! The Memoir of the Man Behind Pink Floyd, T. Rex, The Jam, and George Michael By Bryan Morrison 224 pp. Quiller Publishing $39.95 Of all the inductees into this year’s class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it’s the one of oldest vintage that stands...

Coco Montoya's Hot New Record Sparks Houston Memories

5 months ago by Bob Ruggiero
It’s a common tale in the annals of contemporary music that a newly-minted blues fan first discovers the genre not from any of the African-American originators and descendants, but through the mutations played by white, younger, and often English blues rock acolytes. That’s was certainly the case for the Coco...

Houston By the Neighborhood: Post Oak Boulevard in Urban Uptown

5 months ago by Susie Tommaney
It is such a strange sensation to drive along Post Oak Boulevard between Loop 610 and San Felipe; it feels like entering a canyon of steel and glass monoliths. Out of all the pockets within Houston this one seems to have changed the most dramatically. No longer home to the...

Coco Montoya Learned the Hard Truth From Blues Legends Like Albert Collins

3 years ago by Bob Ruggiero
The California-born bluesman studied under the best, as in Houston icon Albert Collins and British bluesbreaker John Mayall.

The Ice Queen Returns: Sue Foley Will Perform at the Mucky Duck

10 months ago by Gladys Fuentes
B.B. King said that as long as people have problems, the blues will never die. Native Canadian and Austin resident Sue Foley keeps the blues alive and kicking on a daily basis. “I’m still a dedicated blues musician. I’ve dedicated my life to playing it, learning it, studying it and...

How Stax Records Merged the Music and the Message in 1968

1 year ago by Bob Ruggiero
As both the history books and an endless stream of 50th anniversary documentaries have taught us, 1968 was an Especially Important Year in the United States. It was a time of particular upheaval with civil rights and jobs issues, the Vietnam was spiraling out of control and sparking protests, sharp...

B.B. King and the Greatest Note Ever

5 years ago by Craig Malisow
My favorite guitar player, BB King, died Thursday. Undoubtedly – and correctly – as people write about his remarkable career, they will pay particular tribute to his 1965 Live at the Regal album, documenting a 1964 concert in Chicago. There's no way to overstate how powerful a performance this was...

Oliver Penn Reveals His Promise on Hideaway

2 years ago by Jesse Sendejas Jr.
The rejuvenating lifeblood of any music community comes from its young audiences. In Houston, rap and indie rock acts draw fresh-faced followers. Oliver Penn says he’s encouraged to see Houston blues getting its own youthful transfusion. He’s in a position to know as one of the exciting performers delivering a...

British Royal Portraits Come to MFAH in Fascinating One of a Kind Exhibit

2 years ago by Susie Tommaney
Forget last month's New York Fashion Week: Our style prediction for this fall in Houston is that we'll be seeing more fascinators, tilted hats, beaded clutches and Wellies, those classic Wellington boots so popular in Britain. Royal fever is upon us again, but this time it's not our collective nation...

Reviews For The Easily Distracted:
The King's Speech

9 years ago by Pete Vonder Haar
Title: The King's Speech What King Are They Talking About Again? George VI, the reluctant successor to Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne of England on the eve of World War II. Oh Right. Why Did Edward Abdicate Again? What am I, a history professor? Edward VIII proposed to an...

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