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Robbie Robertson Returns

Robbie Robertson Returns

Robbie Robertson Returns Review : How to Become Clairvoyant by Peter Stone Brown When Robbie Robertson finally returned to recording more than a decade after the original lineup of The Band played their last show, it was obvious he had moved on in terms of sound.  Co-producing with Daniel Lanois, the album was awash in...
Johnny Cash: Haunting Past the Grave

Johnny Cash: Haunting Past the Grave

  It is now almost six and a half years since Johnny Cash left the planet, and not surprisingly, he still remains a vital force, not only as a singer, but as an inspirational figure who’s reach extends far beyond music.  Cash was an American giant, and the designation of “American” is important, because in...
Garland Jeffreys: The King of In Between

Garland Jeffreys: The King of In Between

  It was sometime in the first few months of 1970, I was living in some sixth floor walkup on the Lower East Side, and late one night, listening to Bob Fass’ “Radio Unnamable,” when this mysterious song came on that sounded like something from The Basement Tapes but the recording quality was too good...
40 Years of Self Portrait

40 Years of Self Portrait

On June 8th, 1970, Bob Dylan released his tenth album (not counting Greatest Hits), and his second 2-Lp set, Self Portrait.  It was the first Dylan album to be unabashedly and resoundingly panned by virtually every music critic in the country, most notably by Greil Marcus, who led what amounted to an assassination squad of...
Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet by Seth Rogovoy (Scribner)

Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet by Seth Rogovoy (Scribner)

First, a disclaimer in the interest of open journalism.  Seth Rogovoy is a friend, and during the course of writing this book, he’d occasionally run ideas, questions or facts by me.  As such, I am thanked in this book. One of the reasons Bob Dylan’s entire body of work has been the subject of discussion...
Songs of Freedom at the White House  Well, sort of…

Songs of Freedom at the White House Well, sort of…

In June of 1963, my parents took me to a Pete Seeger concert in Lambertville, New Jersey.  I’d seen Seeger twice before, but this concert was different because he sang a bunch of new songs, introducing me to the music of Bob Dylan, with “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” and “Who Killed Davey Moore,” and...
Who wrote “Blowin’ in the Wind”? Not Lorre Wyatt

Who wrote “Blowin’ in the Wind”? Not Lorre Wyatt

(Ed. – Peter Stone Brown wrote this remembrance in response to a previous article of mine in Muddy Water, about the song “Restless Farewell.” In that piece, the issue of Lorre Wyatt was brought up, as well the Newsweek article claiming Dylan bought “Blowin’ in the Wind” from Wyatt, who had once claimed to be...
The Levon Helm Band, The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, 02.15.2008

The Levon Helm Band, The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, 02.15.2008

Last night Levon Helm finally brought his Ramble to Philly, playing the Electric Factory. It was Helm’s second Philly appearance in the 21st Century, the first being a show by his blues group The Barn Burners at a River Jam, where following his surgery for throat Cancer, Helm did not sing. It was his second...
Garth Hudson - Biography

Garth Hudson – Biography

Of all the musicians in The Band, the most interesting and intriguing is Garth Hudson. The Band was a special group of extraordinary musicians to begin with, but Hudson’s keyboard work took them even higher. Hudson’s unique gospel-oriented sound partially came from his use of the Lowrey organ. But it was his amazing technique as...
Revisiting The Band

Revisiting The Band

  Early in the summer of 1968, a very unassuming and somewhat strange album appeared. On the cover was what appeared to be a child’s painting. On the rear cover was a small picture of the back of a fairly ugly, somewhat suburban-looking pink house and in large bold letters were the words: Music From...
Rick Danko

Rick Danko

This article was written in December 1999, just after the author found out that Rick Danko had died. It originally appeared in the newsgroups alt.music.the-band and rec.music.dylan.     Rick Danko The first time I saw Rick Danko was in 1965 in Newark, New Jersey. He was a member of The Hawks and was backing...
Richard Manuel

Richard Manuel

This article was written in 1986, the night when the author found out that Richard Manuel had died. It originally appeared in Peter Stone Brown’s regular column, The Other Side in a paper called the Welcomat in Philadelphia, in the March 12, 1986 issue. Copyright © Peter Stone Brown, 1986, 1998. It was many years...