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SXSW Panel: It’s Only Rock & Roll – 50 Years of the Rolling Stones
I see a red door and I want to paint it black
DAILY Music  March 12, 2014, by Tim Stegall
"...Firstly, do not start your Rolling Stones panel by playing “Satisfaction,” mixing down the vocal, and having live gypsy violins on top! And don’t keep doing this through “Paint It, Black" and other Stones hits. “Oh, it’s just kids adapting the Rolling Stones for the times.” No! Bad idea..."

The Rolling Stones Thrill Arlington
PHOTO GALLERY  June 8, 2015
"...The Rolling Stones marked their 50th anniversary with two Paris performances in October 2012, followed by three tours: 50 & Counting, 14 on Fire, and the current Zip Code trek. Previous to Saturday’s sole show in Texas at AT&T Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play, the furthest south they’d ventured in the U.S..."

AISD Gets the Ball Rolling on High School Redesign
Gates Foundation grant pushes attempt to completely rethink high school
News Story  January 13, 2006, by Rachel Proctor May
"...So far, AISD has set nothing in stone, so ideas about portfolios, academies, mixing, and matching is all tentative. AISD strongly encourages the community to join in the discussion (among other reasons, because AISD needs to demonstrate its commitment to community engagement to the Gates Foundation to get more money)..."

Gary Clark Jr.: The Chosen One
‘Bomber’ issue of ‘Rolling Stone’ also features Austin hero
DAILY Music  July 26, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Last Friday, about this hour, my wife and I sat in the outer office to Rolling Stone, waiting for our friend David Fricke to give us the “nickel tour.” The magazine’s now infamous “Bomber” issue lay on the table in the waiting area. I bagged it, then read the cover story on the flight home..."

The End of the Tour
Fictional but satisfying portrayal of a David Foster Wallace interview by a Rolling Stone reporter
Film Review  August 14, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...By that time, the New York-based writer David Lipsky had published two novels to quite estimable acclaim, which, nevertheless, seemed slight to him when compared with Wallace’s lionization. He pitched a profile of Wallace to his editor at Rolling Stone, and soon Lipsky was off to southern Illinois, where Wallace was teaching, to join the celebrated author for five days of interviews and the last stops on the Infinite Jest book tour...."

Vamp of Constant Sorrow? Lana Del Rey
I admire a press-shy rich kid that calls the shots
DAILY Music  July 17, 2014, by Abby Johnston
"...The “saddest, baddest diva in rock” lands on the cover of Rolling Stone hitting stands tomorrow. Lana Del Rey, photographed by Theo Wenner and seductively cuddling a cat, has made headlines lately for her tepid relationship with the press..."

Beautiful Boy
Steve Carell soars above this overly-earnest addiction biography
Film Review  October 26, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Which, in many ways, is exactly what true-life addiction drama Beautiful Boy is. Adapted from Rolling Stone writer David Sheff's autobiography of the same name, and his son Nic's parallel work Tweak, it's a well-executed paint-by-numbers story of a family with a troubled teen, with David trying to work out how to derail Nic's fast track to an overdose...."

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney puts the famed journalist, icon, and myth Hunter S. Thompson before his lens and comes away with a telling portrait of the man and his era.
Film Review  July 4, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...After all, Thompson was his own greatest subject and muse, the refracting lens through which Las Vegas and the 1972 presidential campaign and the Kentucky Derby gained their meaning, and the means by which he turned American journalism on its ear. Looking at the larger-than-life character he had become by the mid-Seventies – the mad, solipsistic Rolling Stone reporter stalking the high, the mighty, and the square, armed to the teeth with guns, drugs, booze, a cigarette holder, and a typewriter; the self-proclaimed and self-invented “Gonzo journalist” – Thompson tells an interviewer: “I’m really in the way as a person..."

Wednesday Rewind
Another local highlight reel with Spoon and Matador at 21
DAILY Music  November 17, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...On this week's edition of Wednesday Rewind, Spoon gets paranormal and the Black Angels entertain Rolling Stone, while the Octopus Project just gets weirder and weirder. Plus, a couple of local highlights from Matador at 21...."

Festival Express
Hurtling across Canada during the summer of 1970 was a trainload of musicians – among them Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, and Buddy Guy – who partied and played music ’til the very end of the line.
Film Review  October 1, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Among the locomotive’s passengers were Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy, members of the Grateful Dead and the Band, Delaney and Bonnie, Ian & Sylvia and the Great Speckled Bird, and many, many more luminaries, backup musicians, and traveling companions. The Festival Express – dubbed the "million dollar bash" by Rolling Stone – was Canada’s answer to Woodstock and a precursor of Lollapalooza, a moveable feast that zoomed rock’s royalty across Canada to five different event cities where the participants decamped and did their thing before getting back on the train and doing it some more..."

Boogie 4 Stu
Ben Waters' boogie for Rolling Stones sideman Ian Stewart
DAILY Music  May 10, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Ian Stewart wasn’t the sixth Rolling Stone. He was the second – first to answer Brian Jones’ ad in the paper, 1962..."

Tom Petty Soaks in 40
Heartbreaker’s biggest surprise was a show-stealing Gary Clark Jr.
DAILY Music  May 3, 2017, by Raoul Hernandez
"...“I’m thinking it may be the last trip around the country,” Tom Petty told Rolling Stone in December about his Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary tour. Eight shows into 46, Oklahoma to London (lone European date), Tuesday’s two-hour worship at a rafters-stocked Frank Erwin Center took on the distinct air of victory lap..."

Austin Author Ed Ward Revisits Rock’s First Guitar Hero, Michael Bloomfield
“When you heard Mike Bloomfield play, you got the sense this was the real shit."
Music Story  September 15, 2016, by Tim Stegall
"...By August, the session's byproduct, "Like a Rolling Stone," hit No. 2 – kept out of the top slot only by the Beatles' "Help." The trebly blues runs of the song's guitarist, Mike Bloomfield, accompanied Dylan's Newport Folk Festival appearance the following month..."

The Rockpile
Any Old Way You Choose It
Books Story  December 31, 1999, by Margaret Moser
"...Rolling Stone Raves: What Your Rock & Roll Favorites Favor..."

Greil Marcus and the Mad Parade
In his book Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century, Greil Marcus explained punk to the world and created a bible for that music's true believers. As Austin theatre company Rude Mechanicals opens its stage adaptation of Marcus' book, the author talks about the Stones, the Sex Pistols, and the "mad parade" of history.
Arts Story  September 10, 1999, by Margaret Moser
"...He was finishing up his new column for the online magazine Salon and is planning a visit to Austin this month to see a production called Lipstick Traces. The local theatre company Rude Mechanicals adapted Marcus' 1989 book of the same name into a play, and anyone who's ever delved into his books knows how daunting that must be. The West Coast-based Marcus comes from the senior ranks of rock criticism, as an editor at Rolling Stone when it mattered and later Creem magazine..."

Faces and Places
Books Story  December 18, 1998, by Margaret Moser
"...For book publishing, the mandate to document is accelerating. There's the look at a decade (Rolling Stone: The '70s), a year (1968: Magnum Throughout the World), a subculture (Fabulous! A Photographic Diary of Studio 54), or a century (The American Century)..."

Who Wrote the Book of Rock?
Nine Inch Nails
Books Story  December 5, 1997, by Margaret Moser
"...Martin's Press, $26.95 hard) Authorized biographies have a way of sounding like tepid press releases, but in the case of the reigning kings of traditional Irish music, there's not much in the way of lurid sex scandals or drug arrests to make for dishy reading. Instead, Glatt has fashioned a loving look at the Chieftains, who have been largely responsible for the preservation of traditional Irish music, as well as making it a very hip genre recording with the likes of Marianne Faithfull and the Rolling Stones..."

Search & Destroy
Pages That Rock
Books Story  March 14, 1997
"...Nearly 20 years later, I'm completely reformed, and all those Columbia House Chicago albums are gone -- as is that Dylan tape -- and I've lost track of all my Roger Dean album cover artwork books. My Rolling Stone Record Guide, however, the first one, the one edited by a couple of the original deans of rock criticism, Dave Marsh and John Swenson -- not the lame rewrite from a few years back -- sits right beside my computer with all my other primary reference books...."

If You're a Viper
From 'La Cucaracha' to Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson: P-O-T
Music Story  May 25, 2007, by Margaret Moser
"...This generation needed its own media voice and got one in Rolling Stone, a bi-weekly newsprint publication dedicated to rock and subsequently, the marijuana culture. Long a supporter of grassroots organizations like the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, pot inundated its pages freely, promoted by major bands of the day..."

Ed Ward's first-hand account of Willie Nelson's Complete Atlantic Sessions.
Music Story  December 29, 2006, by Ed Ward
"...I first became aware of Willie Nelson at Rolling Stone in 1970. One of my fellow editors, John Morthland, was checking out a small stack of albums RCA had sent him..."

Get Your Rees On
Comic artist David Rees and the theatre of 'War'
Arts Story  April 29, 2005, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...I've always admired these guys who kind of just do it. It was a real struggle for me when I decided to get on a regular schedule – the comic runs every other week in Rolling Stone, and in a handful of alternative newspapers – and it's a struggle for me to hold myself to that schedule..."

Streets of Love
Stalking the Stones across Europe
Music Story  October 20, 2006, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Wings of Desire reach skyward, while underground, ghostly bookcases purged for a sodden bonfire stand empty. Holocaust memorials begin in the cobblestones underfoot and, near the Brandenburg Gate, rise overhead as monoliths..."

Music for the Eyes
Annie Leibovitz's portraits of American musicians reveal her true oeuvre
Arts Story  July 8, 2005, by Margaret Moser
"...That element of her work is to be expected. Leibovitz came into prominence working for Rolling Stone in the early 1970s..."

Highway 61 Revisited
Music Story  November 6, 1998, by Raoul Hernandez
"..."The Beatles were happening and the early Rolling Stones, and I'd heard of him, but I had never heard him: Bob Dylan. And the first time I heard 'Like a Rolling Stone' on the radio, that was it..."

Music Story  March 14, 1997
"...SWAMP DOGG: Don't ever count on Swamp Dogg to join the genteel, ain't-nothin'-but-a-party crowd at the House of Blues. His excellent, 25-year career retrospective Fuck the Bomb, Stop the Drugs (Pointblank Classic/Virgin) proves that point without even striking a note. Dogg's iconoclastic life view and musical identity have taken him from the swamp rhythms of Muscle Shoals to the funk of Henry Stone's Miami to the old-school hip-hop of the Bronx and back again..."

Get It While You Can
Books Story  March 18, 1999
"...Ex-Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres, on the other hand, was naturally more pleased to see the reissue of Hickory Wind, his excellent bio on Gram Parsons, getting ink years later. His note thanked me for it and suggested reviewing his equally excellent The Hits Just Keep Coming: History of Top 40 Radio..."

Red Temple Prayer (Two Headed Dog)
A Valentine's Day mix for KOOP
DAILY Music  February 14, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Everything was finally in place. Joe Ely's kicking it off with Buddy Holly represents pre-Texas history for me in that the Flatlander opened the third or fourth concert I ever saw, the Kinks in 1981 at Berkeley's Greek Theatre, a stone amphitheater on the University of California campus..."

Off the Record
Welcome to "Spazmodica," the future of Austin music
Music Column  December 28, 2007, by Austin Powell
"...In the "Indie Rock Universe," as illustrated by Rolling Stone in its Nov. 15 issue and enclosed in four pages of Camel cigarette advertisements, Ghostland Observatory and White Denim inhabit "Spazmodica," where "interstellar weirdos fly high." Other capital city acts sprinkled throughout the controversial, Douglas Adams-inspired foldout include Explosions in the Sky, the Octopus Project, Iron & Wine, and Spoon, now part of the "Northwesteroids." Last week, on behalf of the 186 entities name-dropped in the display, Xiu Xiu and Canadian noise patrol Fucked Up filed a class-action lawsuit against Rolling Stone's parent company, Wenner Media, and Camel's R.J..."

16 Magazine and the birth of music journalism
Music Story  November 30, 2007, by Margaret Moser
"...With absolutely no fanfare, fawning memoir, VH1 special, or even People magazine blurb, the most important milestone in rock journalism turned 50 this year. Not Rolling Stone, which turned 40, but 16 Magazine..."

Momentum and the Mountainside Sound
Dylan's bottler of magic, Bob Johnston, on the nicest guy ever, plus Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Michael Martin Murphey, and more
Music Story  September 30, 2005, by Louis Black
"...The band he was using had done "Rolling Stone" together with Tom Wilson producing. They had the entire band – I didn't want to change the band, I had just come aboard...."

Splendor in the Short Grass: The Grover Lewis Reader
Jesus Christ! What are these words? Hincty, goudge, donicker, furze, rick, pecksniff, flapdoodle fantod, tumerling? What kind of screwball whips out stuff like this?
Books Review  April 22, 2005, by Brant Bingamon
"...Check out the first sentence from "Sam Peckinpah in Mexico," published in Rolling Stone in 1972: "Limping delicately as if his boots are a couple of sizes too tight, so rockinghorse loaded on Juarez tequila he'd flunk a knee-walking test, Roy Jenson, one of the neo-Wild Bunch of characters and character actors that Sam Peckinpah has flushed out of the Hollywood woodwork to play the cutthroat band of thieves in his ultraviolent new thriller The Getaway, lurches against a red light into the rushing cabal of noonday traffic at Oregon and Missouri Avenue, a stone's throw away from the Holiday Inn–Downtown [El Paso], where most of the film's location troupe is quartered."..."

A Hundred's Not Enough
One Word Is Too Many...
Books Story  December 19, 1997, by Margaret Moser
" ordinary object takes on a nobility within the frame of a camera and the viewer is caught, drawn in, and sometimes manipulated by the image. Rolling Stone magazine made its mark not only in elevating rock criticism to legit status but in almost single-handedly creating the modern image of rock & roll, always juxtaposing words with pictures..."

Great Expectations
Assessing Austin's Class of '96
Music Story  December 27, 1996, by Andy Langer
"...In that light, say local managers, Austin artists aren't that different from any given cross-section of national hopefuls that are having labels throw their releases against the record store racks to see if they stick. Besides, in a year that saw albums by R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Green Day, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Stone Temple Pilots sell 60% less than their previous releases, is it really fair to expect locals like Spoon and Prescott Curlywolf to have gold or platinum albums (sales of 500,000 and one million respectively)? And when you compare the label and artist expectations to the sales outcomes, couldn't some of the perceived failures be nominal successes and some of the assumed successes be failures?..."

All or Nothing
Ian McLagan: Small Face, Face, auxiliary Rolling Stone, A-list sideman, Austinite
Music Story  March 19, 2015, by Tim Stegall
"..."If you caught him in the right conversation, he could be the Mod from the Small Faces. He could be the art school student who had his life changed by Muddy Waters at Newport and seeing the Rolling Stones as a local blues band at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond..."

RIP Chet Flippo
Noted music critic Chet Flippo dies in Nashville
DAILY Music  June 20, 2013, by Margaret Moser
"...I say praise to Chet Flippo not only because he stood at the vanguard of rock criticism, when being in Rolling Stone meant something. The Fort Worth-born Flippo had just gotten his master’s in journalism from UT when he became the publication’s New York bureau chief in 1974..."

Grunge, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
'Picture book of people with each other'
Music Story  December 4, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Grungephotos by Michael Lavine Abrams Image, 160 pp., $24.95 Red Hot Chili Peppers: Me and My Friendsphotos by Tony Woolliscroft Abrams Image, 224 pp., $24.95 Travelin' Man: On the Road and Behind the Scenes with Bob Segerby Tom Weschler & Gary Graff Wayne State University Press, 168 pp., $27.95 Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones, Altamont, and the End of the Sixtiesby Ethan A. Russell Springboard Press, 240 pp., $35 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years: The Definitive Chronicle of Rock & Roll as Told by Its Legendsedited by Holly George-Warren Collins Design, 256 pp., $39.99..."

Rock & Roll Books
Summer reading
Music Story  June 2, 2006, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Anyone who's ever wondered how writing about rock music has progressed in the last 30 years needs to read Becoming Almost Famous, the latest from former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres. A collection of the veteran writer's best articles, previously published in Rolling Stone, GQ, Parade, CMJ, and Gourmet, provides a fabulous history lesson..."

Spotlight: The Clutters
Nashville's Clutters are cleaning out the garage
Music Story  March 17, 2006, by Christopher Gray
"...Garage quartet the Clutters' debut T&C, released last year on Austin's Chicken Ranch Records, ultimately rattled all the way up the music-critic food chain when it landed in the CD player of Rolling Stone sensei David Fricke. The esteemed music scholar praised the hypertensive LP's "loose notion of place and time, with a push and punch back-dated to Fifties Memphis and Hamburg's Star Club in the mid-Sixties" in the magazine's Feb..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  December 30, 2005
"...• What does Texans for Public Justice's Craig McDonald have in common with Mick Jagger and Cindy Sheehan? All three appear on Rolling Stone magazine's year-end list of 15 Mavericks of 2005 – McDonald for mining mountains of documents and setting into motion the criminal investigation that led to the indictment of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay..."

Page Two
Spurned by cool former friends and driven to distraction by Ralph Nader and the 9/11 hearings, Louis Black busts all Erma Bombeck in the SXSW aftermath
Columns  April 2, 2004, by Louis Black
"...But at least she called. In the midst of telling SXSW war stories, currently shunned Chronicle Music Editor Raoul Hernandez reminisced about a dinner to which he brought Rolling Stone scribe David Fricke while Margaret was accompanied by her dear old pal John Cale..."

Tracks of My Tears
A new documentary, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, signs a light on the men behind the Motown sound, the Funk Brothers.
Music Story  November 15, 2002, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Half biography, half instructional manual with two CDs worth of tutoring and testament from bassists like Paul McCartney, John Entwistle, and Geddy Lee, Slutsky's labor of love landed the Philadelphia-based guitarist Rolling Stone's prestigious Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award in 1989, the year the book was published..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  November 1, 2002
"...But what really stopped me was this from Ken Lieck ["Dancing About Architecture"]: "Hard to believe it's been a quarter-century since Chronicle contributor Ed Ward split from Rolling Stone because of that magazine's indifference to a young rocker who called himself Elvis Costello."..."

Groover's Paradise
Former Rolling Stone scribe Ed Ward describes trying to track Doug Sahm.
Music Story  November 26, 1999, by Ed Ward
"...In March, 1970, I was the new kid at Rolling Stone, a 21-year-old college dropout ready to please, when editor/publisher Jann Wenner called me into his office. "Do you like the Sir Douglas Quintet?" he asked..."

Books Story  May 13, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...Set in New Braunfels, the novel concerns a U.S. Supreme Court justice (whose last name is Armbrister) who resigns from office under threat of impeachment for "a variety of malfeasances" and later runs for governor of Texas; it's a "Southern family novel." After Draper's 1990 book Rolling Stone Magazine: The Uncensored History was published by Doubleday and achieved critical and commercial success, he was able to procure the high-profile, "unassailable" literary agent Kathy Robbins to find a publisher for Armbrister...."

Where's the Fire?
Live Music Venues vs. the Fire Marshal
Music Story  May 30, 1997, by Ken Lieck
"...After all, the Fire Department wields a considerable amount of power. When an article appeared in Rolling Stone last month containing a paragraph that could be interpreted as indicating use of pyrotechnics at a Waterloo Records in-store, the local music clearinghouse started receiving calls and visits from the FD..."

New Adventures in Old-Fi
Unearthing the Memphis Goons
Music Story  March 28, 1997, by Andy Langer
"...Yet few would argue with the notion that the Goons were ahead of their time. In fact, in Rolling Stone's Alt-Rock-A-Rama book, one critic went so far as to declare that "many who have heard the Goons' tapes can no longer listen to traditional, studio-produced rock anymore: the Beatles or the Goons' hick neighbor, Elvis Presley, sound far too tame, too contrived."..."

My Children Are Becoming Heavy
When San Antonio rock ruled South Texas
Music Story  August 26, 2011, by Margaret Moser
"...Boasting the Rolling Stones' first tour of the U.S. among its credits, plus three Jimi Hendrix shows, Blind Faith's only American tour, Led Zeppelin, the Yardbirds, etc., San Antonio between 1967 and 1971 made it so that bands touring the area never even considered stopping in the hip college town 80 miles north..."

The Rolling Stones
Live Shot
Music Review  November 29, 2002, by Raoul Hernandez
"...The Rolling StonesSBC Center, San Antonio, November 23..."

The Rock Pile
Books Story  December 4, 1998, by Margaret Moser
"...That's hardly reason to celebrate, but it is a reason to recall Parsons' love of country music and how he was one of the masterminds of the country rock sound that emerged in the early Seventies. No less a reason for reading Hickory Wind is Ben Fong-Torres' impeccable writing, which neatly incorporates his years as a Rolling Stone writer with the love of his subject, making for a powerful book indeed...."

The Scene Is Gone But Not Forgotten
The Evolution of Austin's White Blues
Music Story  August 9, 1996
"...White girls like me didn't grow up hanging out in juke joints. I learned the blues from the Rolling Stones, Cream, and Janis Joplin, from listening to odd Top 40 hits like Slim Harpo's "Scratch My Back" and seeing Otis Redding in Monterey Pop..."

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