Margaret Moser Tribute: Larry Seaman

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


Larry Seaman (c) and fellow Standing Waves David Farewell and Randy Franklin (r) serenade Margaret and Steve Chaney at Tex Pop, San Antonio, June 2017 (by David Cardwell)

I met Margaret in ’77, but we really got to know each other at Raul’s. She was a huge music fan and she knew what she was talking about. Rivalries and intrigue all developed as the scene got bigger and Margaret was right in the thick of that. She was a sassy one.

Of course I remember all the John Cale stuff. We opened for him at the Armadillo in ’79. She was John Cale’s partner in crime, no doubt.

When Standing Waves filmed our scene in Roadie, I remember Margaret’s outfit, all our L.A. punk makeup, and chatting with her during the endless waiting for filming to start, being alternately excited and bored, then seeing her and other friends dancing.

I put together a band for the 2004 [Austin] Music Awards called Class of ’78. We talked about what was feasible and who would play. She said, “If Biscuit will do it, it’ll fly.” She was definitely the power behind that happening.

She knew how to cajole and sweet talk as well as how to play hardball. That combination was pretty irresistible.

When I visited her yesterday, I wanted to play for her because she loves the music. I told her that I wanted to come back and just talk. Because time is so precious, I didn’t want to hog her time from other people who had come to visit with her, but I also feel like we have a lot more to talk about.

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

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    Marcia Ball

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    Ray Benson

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    Alice Berry

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    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

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    Eliza Gilkyson

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    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

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    Shawn & Shandon Sahm

    Beautiful Texas sunshine

    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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