Margaret Moser Tribute: Charlie Sexton

The United Nations of Margaret


Steve Van Zandt, Bevis Griffin, and Charlie Sexton with Margaret at the 2015 Austin Music Awards, Austin Convention Center (Photo by Gary Miller)

Margaret was always the whole of the action. It was never just one thing, and you never knew what it would be.

I’ve been traveling so much, for so many years, and certain things have really picked up speed as far as buildings disappearing and people disappearing. Suddenly, I’ll come back and something isn’t there, then I’m gone again and I come back, and before I’m even used to not seeing what was there, there’s something else that I can’t even recognize. It’s all the more unrecognizable since Margaret retired. She was always kind of like the United Nations. It didn’t matter what style of music, if she felt something sincere, she would champion it.

Margaret wrote a story about [my brother] Will and I a few years ago where she refers to the first time I met her [“Family Circle,” Dec. 20, 1996]. The first time I met Margaret I didn’t really meet her. Margaret and my mother were hanging out, and my mother took her into our room when we were asleep. She’s a childhood and lifelong friend.

If you’re in the real circle, you know what she meant to everything, but if you’re not, you don’t know how she championed people. There are all of these women who were involved with different parts of music history, but none of them are like Margaret. None of them have anything solid to hang a hat on. They just happen to be around.

I talked to her the day after she entered hospice. We both knew it might be the last time we’d talk. Margaret ended the conversation by saying, “I’ll see you. I’m going to be back around.”

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    “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

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    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

    Alejandro Escovedo

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

    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”

    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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