Lone Star Beer: Texas Music and Texas Beer Join Forces (1976)

The Backstory: In late 1975, Lone Star Brewing Co. marketing executives Jerry Retzloff and Barry Sullivan spoke with this reporter at length about the budding brew-mance between Texas musicians and Lone Star Beer. The resulting feature appeared in the February 14, 1976 edition of Cash Box, then one of the music industry’s top three trade Read More

Monterey International Pop Festival: The Book – Summer of Love 1967

The Monterey International Pop Festival Boxed Set Rhino/MIPF, October 1992 Boxed Set Co-Produced and Book Written by Stephen K. Peeples, Grammy Nominee, and Co-Produced and Designed by Geoff Gans, Grammy nominee Backstory Prologue, Jan. 1, 2009: The Monterey International Pop Festival — June 16, 17 and 18, 1967, in Monterey, Calif. — earned its spot in American pop Read More

Willie Nelson, Lone Star Jerry Retzloff & The Texas Music Conspiracy

Former Lone Star Brewing Co. district sales manager Jerry Retzloff flashed back half a lifetime to Austin and the Texas music scene in the heady mid-’70s in an exclusive interview with the author on April 20, 2015, It was the day after The Wittliff Collections’ “Armadillo Rising” event at Texas State University in San Marcos, Read More

Armadillo Rising – Wittliff Collection Rocks 1970s Austin Music Scene

Bill Wittliff and The Wittliff Collections’ “Armadillo Rising: Austin’s Music Scene in the 1970s” event attracted a standing-room-only audience of Texas music and pop culture fans to Texas State University, San Marcos’ Alfred B. Alkek Library on April 19, 2015. The special reception complemented the Wittliff Collections’ “Homegrown” exhibit of 1970s vintage music poster art Read More

Hard Six ‘Behind the Lens’ Rocks with Stephen K. Peeples

Ventura's outlaw punkabilly trio Hard Six launched "Behind the Lens," an exhibit of 19 photos of the band shot by 10 Read More

Tommy Allsup on Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Bob Wills, Texas Playboys

Guitarist-producer Tommy Allsup, best-known as a member of The Crickets led by songwriter-singer-guitarist Buddy Holly, Read More

Del Shannon on Tom Petty, ‘Drop Down and Get Me’

Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame member Del Shannon of "Runaway," "Hats Off to Larry" and "Little Town Flirt" renown in the Read More

Klaatu Interview with Stephen K. Peeples – May 1980

Editor's note: This transcript of a May 1980 Klaatu interview with music journalist and Capitol Records Editorial Read More

Bob Dylan Nobel Speech 12-10-16

The Bob Dylan Nobel speech was given by the United States Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji, at the Nobel Banquet, 10 Read More

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Monterey International Pop Festival: The Book – Summer of Love 1967

The Monterey International Pop Festival Boxed Set Rhino/MIPF, October 1992 Boxed Set Co-Produced and Book Written by Stephen K. Peeples, Grammy Nominee, and Co-Produced and Designed by Geoff Gans, Grammy nominee Backstory Prologue, Jan. 1, 2009: The Monterey International Pop Festival — June 16, 17 and 18, 1967, in Monterey, Calif. — earned its spot in American pop Read More

Lone Star Beer: Texas Music and Texas Beer Join Forces (1976)

The Backstory: In late 1975, Lone Star Brewing Co. marketing executives Jerry Retzloff and Barry Sullivan spoke with this reporter at length about the budding brew-mance between Texas musicians and Lone Star Beer. The resulting feature appeared in the February 14, 1976 edition of Cash Box, then one of the music industry’s top three trade Read More

Tommy Allsup on Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Bob Wills, Texas Playboys

Guitarist-producer Tommy Allsup, best-known as a member of The Crickets led by songwriter-singer-guitarist Buddy Holly, died in Springfield, Missouri on January 12, 2017, at the age of 85 – but not before leaving an influential musical legacy of his own. Born on his Cherokee mother’s allotment near Owasso, Oklahoma, the 12th of 13 children, Allsup and his Read More

Klaatu Interview with Stephen K. Peeples – May 1980

Editor’s note: This transcript of a May 1980 Klaatu interview with music journalist and Capitol Records Editorial Manager Stephen K. Peeples was first posted online at http://klaatu.org/. What follows is the transcript of an interview I conducted in May 1980 with the then-mysterious rock band Klaatu, named after the human-like alien visitor to Earth played Read More

Bob Dylan Nobel Speech 12-10-16

The Bob Dylan Nobel speech was given by the United States Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji, at the Nobel Banquet, 10 December 2016. Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Here are Dylan’s remarks: Good evening, everyone. I extend my warmest greetings to Read More

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