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A World in Which All Worlds Fit
Music Story  December 4, 1998, by Jay Hardwig
"...They came back to Austin whenever they could, and in 1971, with Godfrey's influence waning, they returned to Austin to stay. Their timing was good; Allred and partner Dewayne "Son" Smith got back just in time to see their sleepy, blue-collar neighborhood turn into an internationally known musical mecca, anchored by such Southside venues as the Split Rail and the famed Armadillo World Headquarters...."

Playback: Armadillo Tales
A review of the best book on Austin’s 1970s music scene since The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock
Music Column  April 6, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Passersby rescued our seven human and one canine passenger, while I rode a tow truck back to the lifeless town of Ozona, where I camped for days in the desolate dirt lot of a diesel garage. With no phone, funds, laptop, TV, or electricity, I excavated the van's only reading material: Armadillo World Headquarters, a memoir by Eddie Wilson...."

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Continues Its Nomadic Ways
Local shopping extravaganza moves from Austin Music Hall.
News Story  December 14, 2007, by Kimberly Reeves
"...This, of course, is not the first time the show has moved. It started at the old National Guard Armory that became the Armadillo World Headquarters..."

The Wild, the Innocent, and the Five Armadillo Shows
Music Story  April 3, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...Local lore has it that Bruce Springsteen landed at Austin's Armadillo World Headquarters because local poster artist Micael Priest snuck a copy of The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle onto Armadillo founder Eddie Wilson's turntable (see "Tales Behind the Posters," Oct. 6, 2006)..."

Playback: And the Armadillos Went Wild
Threadgill’s World Headquarters goes the way of its predecessor, the Armadillo World Headquarters, plus Black Fret offers more than just money
Music Column  December 6, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Days before Threadgill's World Headquarters permanently shuttered last Sunday, the joint packed out with lunchers consuming chicken-fried pork chops and vegetable plates. The restaurant and music venue's owner, who previously oversaw the three-ring circus known as the Armadillo World Headquarters, sat at table one having his lunch interrupted by a relentless stream of well-wishers...."

'The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle'
Once upon a time, at a venue far, far away, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band made their name in Austin
Music Story  March 16, 2012, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Five days later, on March 15, he arrived in Austin for a two-night stand at the Armadillo World Headquarters, which was razed in 1981. Both shows are remembered here today as the stuff of legend only the likes of Bruce Springsteen could create, concerts people still talk about 40 years later..."

Days Numbered for Threadgill’s WHQ
Eddie Wilson’s iconic business will close after SXSW unless ...
DAILY Music  October 20, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Eddie Wilson told “Playback” today that he doesn’t currently have a lease for his vaunted Threadgill’s World Headquarters restaurant and concert venue on Riverside Drive, and that he’s informed employees that it will close after South by Southwest in 2018...."

As the Years Go Passing By
Inner Sanctum Records and the Armadillo – rock & roll, Austin-historical-style
Music Story  August 13, 2010, by Margaret Moser
"...My day had already been far too long, passed in a cubbyhole in a bookstore on the Drag with a newly Xeroxed poster that read, "Smash It and I'll Build Around It." The whole year felt bleak. The Armadillo World Headquarters had announced its closing at the end of the year, and Austin's punk emporium Raul's had already ceased (for the first time, anyway)..."

Okie Dokie Stomp
Clifford Antone didn't invent the blues, he immortalized them
Music Story  May 26, 2006, by Joe Nick Patoski
"...Austin's music scene was already well-established. Places like the Broken Spoke, Armadillo World Headquarters, and Soap Creek Saloon were already burnishing national reputations..."

John Fogerty Won’t Back Down
From Pete Seeger and Tom Petty to the romance of the Sixties
DAILY Music  October 25, 2017, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Austin Chronicle: You’re playing an Austin fundraiser this weekend called “Back to the Armadillo,” so I’m wondering if Creedence ever played the Armadillo World Headquarters...."

The Music Lover's Guide to Austin
The essential sounds, sights, and settings of Austin music
DAILY Chronolog  March 3, 2017
"...Presently, it’s overrun with DJs and cover bands, but “Dirty Sixth” does offer some worthwhile places to hear bands. Flamingo Cantina is Austin’s reggae headquarters, a vibey place to hang that brings in great bands of local and international provenance..."

Reelin’ in the Years
Steely Dan follows up the Armadillo with Bass Concert Hall
DAILY Music  August 29, 2013, by Jim Caligiuri
"...According to Walter Becker Wednesday at a sold-out Bass Concert Hall, the last time Steely Dan played in Austin was at the Armadillo World Headquarters (1970-1980). The group that performed last night had the same name and some of the same songs, but was worlds apart..."

Origin Story of the Liberty Lunch Brand
Former venue owner Mark Pratz on Stubb’s potential re-branding
DAILY Music  July 10, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...News broke last week that owners of Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater have taken steps to change the music venue and restaurant’s name to Liberty Lunch, an iconic Austin concert hall in operation 1975-1999. Many considered it successor to the Armadillo World Headquarters, which closed in 1980...."

An Open Letter to Reno, Nevada...
Reno: Not such a great place for movies
DAILY Screens  June 24, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...I rang up four different local video outlets and got nowhere, fast. That's like you going to Austin and not being able to find a copy of Slacker or a killer mango margarita at Polvo's (you gotta try 'em when you're in town, trust me), or even an aging hippie lamenting the demise of the Armadillo World Headquarters..."

His Year
Colin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore split the family tree
DAILY Music  August 12, 2009, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Friday, both Gilmores appear at Threadgill’s South to celebrate the 39th anniversary of the opening of the Armadillo World Headquarters. At 34, Colin is too young to remember the storied venue: “It’s possible that my parents took me there..."

Harmonic Convergence
Threadgill's perfectly weds Austin's music and food cultures
Food Story  September 26, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Threadgill's World Headquarters evokes another era of Wil­son's career. The converted cafeteria just south of the river is literally only a stone's throw from the onetime location of the iconic Armadillo World Headquarters, another of Wilson's music ventures..."

You Do Not Tear Down Landmarks
Music Story  February 4, 1999, by Raoul Hernandez
"...In the looming shadow of the massive Texas State Capitol, it's easy to miss. The bus stop on the corner might call your attention to it, or the benches nearby if you need to take a load off, but if you're at the intersection of 11th Street and Congress Avenue, you're probably there for one reason only -- to conduct business at the headquarters of the most Republican state in the union -- so chances are you just walked past this historical landmark..."

Off the Record
Pulling back the (iron) curtain on Fun Fun Fun Fest and the Flying Balalaika Brothers in time for the 40th anniversary of the Armadillo World Headquarters
Music Column  August 6, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...Forty years ago on Aug. 7, the Armadillo World Headquarters officially opened, but the old National Guard Armory at 525½ Barton Springs Rd..."

Violators Will Be Punished
Music Story  September 12, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...While Shelton moved to San Francisco and let the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers run amok, others hung onto Austin's nascent poster art business as long as possible, eventually forming a locally owned and operated poster art ad biz, Directions Company -- by the hippies, for the hippies. Like all good things, that fell through before too long, and the "Armadillo Art Squad" (as most of the local artists who designed posters and handbills for Eddie Wilson's Armadillo World Headquarters were known) fell by the wayside, with the artists receiving less and less money for less and less work..."

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mighty Atom
Atomic City's Jim 'Prince' Hughes is punk rock daikaiju at a whole different level
Music Story  June 8, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...As the first local retail shop to carry original punk rock gear back when putting some Manic Panic in your hair could get you a beat down on the Drag or worse, Atomic City is an Austin institution. Imported English shoes, rockabilly style gear, Clash tees, plus toys, gadgets, novelties, even a talking, blinking, pricey scale model of Forbidden Planet's beloved Robby the Robot makes Hughes' retail headquarters a veritable riot of fun..."

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