Margaret Moser Tribute: Alejandro Escovedo

“Her love for the Velvet Underground and John Cale was the same as I had”

Margaret Moser Tribute: Alejandro Escovedo
Photo by David Brendan Hall

It was 1980, 1981, when Rank & File first came to Austin. Margaret was there, Lester Bangs was there. That was when we first met. It was my introduction to an Austin that was very community-minded and had all these brilliant, smart, sharp people being really wild and crazy and having as much fun as possible. Their love of roots music and rock & roll, especially the history of Texas, was from a different perspective. It was very cool, very different. I'm glad I met those people when I did. Margaret was a large part of that.

She was super intelligent, super smart, super cool, super informed about music. She was so supportive as a person with everyone she came across. For me, it was a big deal. Being in Rank & File wasn't always easy, and people like Margaret were very kind to me at a time when not everybody was. I always felt support from her and a kinship with her, with the Texas thing and a love for the Velvet Underground and John Cale in particular. That was why I connected with her immediately and so firmly. Her love for the Velvet Underground and John Cale was the same as I had.

The interviews I did with her weren't your normal interviews. They were deep, very pointed, always digging for the truth. She was a great writer. She loved what she wrote about, and you can tell. It jumps off the page in the way that when you're having a good time making a record, you can hear it in the grooves. She presented that kind of magic when she wrote.

Her writing constantly promoted what Austin had, what was very special. And she didn't just write about the latest thing coming through town. She wrote about Santiago Jiménez and Esteban Jordan and San Antonio rock, all these great characters that were part of Texas music. She wrote about all those different things that made Austin what it was, the way it became an oasis of music in a huge, huge pot of red, Bible Belt poison. Where else were you going to go?

Margaret was responsible for that. Margaret was the reason that reached so many people.

I will never forget the [Austin Music Awards] when we paid tribute to Sterling Morrison with John Cale. That was one of the major musical events in my life, and she was responsible for that. It was one of those moments that pushed me into something else, like another world. I'll be forever grateful for that.

  • Margaret Moser Tribute: Leader of the Pack

    The importance of being Margaret Moser as told by her peers, mentors & protégés
  • Susan Antone

    “If I could do in my lifetime half of what she’s done, I’d be a happy person”

    Marcia Ball

    “She’s a music writer who writes to enlighten”

    Lou Ann Barton

    The blues belter on what it's like to have your career chronicled by the best

    Ray Benson

    Soap Creek Saloon on a 10-cent tequila night

    Alice Berry

    On the Texas Blondes: “We were just cute girls who liked cute bands”

    John Cale

    Velvet Underground co-founder on first meet: “Up walks a petite blonde with all the swagger of someone 10 feet tall”

    Alvin Crow

    Summer camp with the kids

    Joe Doerr

    Pulling out a seat at Austin music’s banquet table

    Joe Ely

    “She always stirred up whatever trouble there was”

    Roky Erickson

    On Margaret’s personal and passionate way of writing about music

    Rosie Flores

    “Austin wouldn’t be Austin if it wasn’t for Margaret”

    Gary Floyd

    Promoting punk, Austin, Texas-style

    Denny Freeman

    Remembering that “little blues cult”

    Chris Gates

    The power of print – and a 20-inch dildo

    Eliza Gilkyson

    The best advice she ever received? Keep your dogs clean.

    Jon Dee Graham

    A champion of Austin music – and Austin music writers

    Emily Gimble

    “She’s such a positive force in the world”

    Warren Hood

    “She’s the coolest, hippest lady”

    Tamir Kalifa

    Mother Falcon's mama bear

    Barbara K

    The power of music for fixing things and opening hearts
  • Chris Layton

    Antone’s, 1979: Hurricane Margaret blows in

    Paddy Moloney

    "You felt you were in safe hands with Margaret"

    Jason McMaster

    “She’s as metal as anyone – maybe even more”

    Augie Meyers

    “You can’t replace Margaret. There’s no more people like her.”

    Eve Monsees

    The confidence booster

    Derek O'Brien

    A great writer, and a great partier, too

    Rose Reyes

    “She was the leadership in Austin journalism that made sure women, Latinos, blacks, and youth weren’t overlooked”

    The Rolling Stones

    That Margaret Moser, she’s a rainbow

    Shawn & Shandon Sahm

    Beautiful Texas sunshine

    Larry Seaman

    “I don’t want to be greedy, but I want a little more time”

    Charlie Sexton

    The United Nations of Margaret

    Jeff Smith

    The case for San Antonio as the true heart of Texas music

    Angela Strehli

    “Margaret was always exuberant, cherubic, and mischievous simultaneously”

    Jesse Sublett

    When the Queen calls, you come

    Tiarra Girls

    “She will always be such an important part of our story”

    Kathy Valentine

    Right place, right time, right woman to share the joy with

    Jimmie Vaughan

    “Everything back then felt like us versus them – and she was one of us”

    Patricia Vonne

    Shine a light

    Monte Warden

    The career kick-starter

    Lucinda Williams

    The life of the party

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