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Steve Van Zandt’s Soulfire
Springsteen henchman and Sopranos boss hits the road and classrooms
"...Miami Steve Van Zandt, Silvio Dante, Frank Tagliano – a phone..."

May 24, 2018 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Playback: Mayor Steve Adler's Politics of Music Policy
Omnibus staff report is imperfect, but don't stop the momentum, says mayor
"...What's next and when? Last Thursday, its sponsor Mayor Steve Adler sat down with "Playback" to discuss his reaction..."

July 8, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Letters at 3AM: These American Dreams
Steve Erickson's novel 'These Dreams of You' is a profound and hilarious salute to family values and America
"...By contrast, Steve Erickson is no mere watcher. As a writer and..."

Feb. 24, 2012 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
Our Ecstatic Days' is that rarest of creatures: a great novel. The first great American novel of the 21st century. Steve Erickson has discovered the secret of creating a novel that is not a book but an organism. Proust did it. Joyce almost did it. Faulkner sometimes did it. Marquez did it. Yes, that's the company Steve's keeping in Our Ecstatic Days.'
"...good. Really good." The book was Days Between Stations, Steve Erickson's first published novel. In my review I wrote,..."

March 4, 2005 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
The paperback reissue of Steve Erickson's The Sea Came In at Midnight prompts a reflection on his writing.
"...On my way for the first time to Steve Erickson's apartment, some 15 years ago, I had the..."

June 23, 2000 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters @ 3AM
Steve Erickson's new novel Zeroville shows what you have to go through to see how monotheism screws up your consciousness
"...Steve Erickson is my dear friend, and the finest novelist..."

Dec. 21, 2007 Column by Michael Ventura

Margaret Moser 1954-2017
Austin’s patron saint of music passes
"...Steve Chaney texted "Playback" at 2:09am to report that his..."

Aug. 26, 2017 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Rock, They Wrote
Writing From Both Sides of the Musical Fence
"...In 1989, author Steve Erickson suggested that the great American novels of the..."

June 21, 1996 Books Feature

Letters at 3AM: If We Make It Through December
Everywhere I looked for a merry Christmas, I found contradictions too disturbing to ignore and paradoxes too entrenched to resolve
" 1236 Flores Ave. in West Hollywood, the building Steve Erickson immortalized in his books as the Hamblin. (In..."

Dec. 13, 2013 Column by Michael Ventura

Viva Sinatra
Recent Titles
", a friend loaned me the latest novel by Steve Erickson, Ventura's L.A. Weekly colleague and a very talented..."

Feb. 28, 1997 Books Feature

Red Temple Prayer (Two Headed Dog)
A Valentine's Day mix for KOOP
"...Austin and Texas. Yesterday's plea-mail for funding a Roky Erickson doc fit right in...."

Feb. 14, 2012 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Letters at 3AM: BigBoy's 'Slap Noir'
James BigBoy Medlin's 'Slap Noir' changed my life in a most concrete fashion
"...from Marfa, where I drove to meet up with Steve Erickson. ... US 385 turned into Andrews Highway turned..."

March 7, 2014 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM: 3% Neanderthal
Our DNA has seen it all before – and survived
"...ancient Ethiopian – which is why a character in Steve Erickson's These Dreams of You insists, "'We are all..."

Jan. 10, 2014 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM: Reveries
Beauty is something you don't have to deserve
"...rooftop to read books by Andre Norton, Robert Louis Stevenson, and books about astronomy that you don't understand. From..."

Nov. 16, 2012 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM: The Return of Our Angel
Marilyn Monroe has returned to us recently in various guises
"...Williams' Academy Award-nominated performance in My Week With Marilyn. Steve Erickson wrote of Williams in an email, "She doesn't..."

March 9, 2012 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3am
Obama won the election through a uniquely American combination of inspiration and cash
"...maturation of the American character. A deepening of what Steve Erickson would call the American imagination...."

Nov. 21, 2008 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
No matter if it's an unknown young singer like 17-year-old Sahara Smith in a little club on South Lamar (the "unknown" part won't last long in her case), no matter if it's in the room of an unknown poet destined to remain unknown, no matter – there are acts of creation, however desperate, that cannot be stopped.
"...own poetry, a letter in verse to my comrade Steve Erickson: "History has ended without ending. Now we have..."

March 31, 2006 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
As we approach the most pivotal election since 1860, the work of Stirling Silliphant comes to mind because he shows that our present situation was not created by 9 / 11 but has been brewing for a long time
"...evident to Stirling Silliphant by 1962, never happened. As Steve Erickson has written, Bush wants to repeal not only..."

Oct. 15, 2004 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
Stanley Crawford's new book, The River in Winter: New and Selected Essays, reminds us that we must all do our part.
"...the years, I've written that Stanley Crawford is (with Steve Erickson) the finest prose stylist in the American idiom...."

June 27, 2003 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
Learning about "manhood" from the movies
"...thinkers as different as John Cassavetes, James Hillman, and Steve Erickson to my favorite haunts. I'd fallen in and..."

June 14, 2002 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
Let's Get Drunk and Read Poetry
"...simply lost another fragment of the dream ... as Steve Erickson wrote a little while back, "Wave goodbye to..."

Dec. 22, 2000 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3AM
A week of truth.
"..."writing" means to them what it does to me. Steve Erickson, Stanley Crawford, Jill Neimark -- their novels. Robert..."

Oct. 1, 1999 Column by Michael Ventura

Collateral Damage
"...would like to see in the Oval Office. As Steve Erickson has written, "Wave goodbye to your country with..."

March 6, 1998 Column by Michael Ventura

35 Years of the Austin Music Awards
Living in a dream
"...stick into a javelin by backing native son Roky Erickson. The performance proved shambolic, but through the mash-up of..."

March 3, 2017 Features Feature by Doug Freeman

Austin Music Awards Show Performers 1983-2016
Every AMA performance lineup of the past 34 years
"...“King” Carrasco y los Coronas, True Believers with Roky Erickson, Eric Johnson, Lou Ann Barton & Angela Strehli with..."

March 3, 2017 Features Feature

The Trees
Online music trading that "leaves" the RIAA and music industry in the underbrush.
"...they were punk rock cassettes. And whether you love Steve Earle, Queens of the Stone Age, or PJ Harvey,..."

Oct. 3, 2003 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Strange but True
Jad Fair making art out in Manor with monsters, aliens, and dead dogs
"...Moore, Teenage Fanclub, Maureen Tucker, the Pastels, Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, Kramer, John Zorn, Yo La Tengo. Last summer..."

Jan. 25, 2008 Music Feature by Audra Schroeder

I Live My Broken Dreams
This year's rock docs examine the 'outsider myth' and more among the likes of Daniel Johnston, Townes Van Zandt, and Wild Man Fischer
"...musicians, three of them – Wild Man Fischer, Roky Erickson, and Daniel Johnston – frequently saddled with the "Outsider"..."

March 11, 2005 Screens Feature by Will Robinson Sheff

Dancing About Architecture
The dulcet tones of the karaoke fill the former Electric Lounge, but that's not the fate of the building.
"...dismissed, though his claims are countered by Garza's manager Steve Ochs, who says that Dah-veed is merely taking a..."

Sept. 17, 1999 Music Column by Ken Lieck

Playback: 35 Years of Chronicle Music Covers
We wade through the roughly 300 issues stamped with the mug of a musician
" businessmen while their 13th Floor Elevators operator Roky Erickson looks on; and Billy Joe Shaver baptized in Barton..."

Sept. 2, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

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