Al Schmitt at 2013 Grammy Awards. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, courtesy Al Schmitt

Grammy Legend Al Schmitt Honored with Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Ceremony Outside Capitol Tower Set for Thurs., Aug. 13 at 11:30 a.m.  By Stephen K. Peeples Al Schmitt, the most honored recording engineer and producer in Grammy history with a total of 23 awards, will be inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, Aug. 13. The induction ceremony, open to the public, starts at 11:30 a.m. on the Read More

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Kardashian Killed My Rolling Stone Subscription

First-generation reader and ex-music biz pro now finds Rolling Stone as irrelevant as RS now finds first-generation readers UPDATED 8/4/15 with news about Jason Fine and Peter Travers By Stephen K. Peeples Just wrote “CANCEL” across the invoice to re-up my 40-plus-year subscription to Rolling Stone, which I started reading in late 1967, when it first hit the music stores Read More

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Joe Nick Patoski Q&A on Doug Sahm Film

Totally true tall tales from Texas about Biblical floods, Doug Sahm, Texas music, Texas Tornados, rednecks, cowboys, hippies, San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Huey P. Meaux, Augie Meyers, Flaco Jimenez, the Sir Douglas Quintet, “She’s About a Mover,” sneaky British Invaders from the Lone Star State, Bob Dylan, the Corpus Pot Bust, San Francisco, Bill Graham, the Read More

Texas icons Doug Sahm, Big Red & Lone Star

Groovin’ Doug Sahm Film Premieres in L.A. July 30

UPDATE: Now-closed Kickstarter campaign to pay for music licensing surpassed $75,000 goal by $15K By Stephen K. Peeples “Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove,” the film documentary about Texas music icon Doug Sahm that premiered to a packed house and universal acclaim at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival in Austin in March, will Read More

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Johnny Cash Roadshow Revival, Ventura, 2014-2015

Preview of Roadshow Revival 2015, and Flashback to Roadshow Revival 2014 By Stephen K. Peeples The seventh annual Read More

Boyd Elder's 'One of These Nights' and Rick Griffin's turkey breast cap. Composite: Randy Nauert.

Boyd Elder: Encounters of the Southwestern Kind, 1978

A close encounter with the artist who created the skull art for Eagles' 'One of These Nights' and 'Their Greatest Read More

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UPDATED: Lewisohn Beatles Bio ‘Tune In’ Paperback Now Due in UK Sept. 3

By Stephen K. Peeples Beatles Historian Provides Inside Look at Best-Selling First Installment of 3-Volume Fab Four Read More

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Grammy Legend Al Schmitt Previews Bob Dylan’s ‘Shadows in the Night’

“My wife thinks it’s a sexy record,” says Al Schmitt, who recorded and engineered the Dylan sessions at Capitol Studios Read More

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Roger McGuinn Interview w/ Stephen K. Peeples, 4-2-99

By Stephen K. Peeples Author's note, Oct. 11, 2014: The following is an expanded version of my Roger McGuinn Read More

Blast from the Past!

Boyd Elder's 'One of These Nights' and Rick Griffin's turkey breast cap. Composite: Randy Nauert.

A close encounter with the artist who created the skull art for Eagles’ ‘One of These Nights’ and ‘Their Greatest Hits’ By Stephen K. Peeples Boyd Elder Profile revised and republished March 30, 2015. First version was published in Rocky Mountain Musical Express, Denver, Colo., March/April 1978. People who’ve had direct contact of one sort Read More

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By Stephen K. Peeples Author’s note, Oct. 11, 2014: The following is an expanded version of my Roger McGuinn interview, a shorter version of which was first published at MP3.com on April 2, 1999. The site was offering artists a new way to release their music online independently, without a major record label in the Read More

Tom Waits Interview with Stephen K. Peeples about Heartattack and Vine at Zoetrope

With the appointment made to conduct a Tom Waits interview on the Zoetrope Studios lot in Hollywood on Sept. 4, 1980, I listened to my advance pressing of Waits’ “Heartattack and Vine” a few times at my Elektra/Asylum office on La Cienega, and focused my questions. Ironically, I had left Capitol Records at Hollywood and Vine Read More

Reflections on Solid State Neon Faces jukebox

Santa Clarita journalist Stephen K. Peeples comments on the transition of the neon jukebox from analog to digital for a Replay magazine story published Nov. 1, 1977. By Stephen K. Peeples Seated at a back table near the Golden Rooster’s alleyway exit, my eyes fix a stare on the joint’s Fifties neon face (jukebox). Thirty Read More

Waylon Jennings: Ramblin' Man

Country music outlaw Waylon Jennings spoke with Santa Clarita journalist Stephen K. Peeples at RCA Records in Hollywood for a Cash Box magazine feature published July 12, 1975. By Stephen K. Peeples Many artists project a schizophrenic split between their music and their personal lives; not so with Waylon Jennings. Waylon’s personal life is his Read More

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