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



Buddy Guy & Quinn Sullivan Playboy Jazz Q&A, June 2011

By Stephen K. Peeples Chicago blues legend, Grammy-winner, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center honoree Buddy Guy returns to the Hollywood Bowl August 10, 2016, five years after the Stratocaster blaster and then-12-year-old Strat-slinging protegé Quinn Sullivan blew away 18,000-plus fans at the Playboy Jazz Festival. Guy, who just turned 80 on July 29, is co-headlining a Read More

Tom Waits Interview with Stephen K. Peeples, 9-4-80

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

Waylon Jennings – ‘Are You Ready for the Country,’ PUTT, 7-7-76

The Texas country outlaw’s bid for a wider audience with ‘Are You Ready for the Country’ gets a closer look By Stephen K. Peeples The following is a feature album review first published in Picking Up The Tempo on July 7, 1976. Sometime during June (1976) word reached me that Waylon Jennings’ new album was Read More



Beatles 1 Reissue Sights & Sounds Rock Grammy Museum

Grammy-Winning Audio Producer Giles Martin, Filmmaker Michael Lindsay-Hogg Discuss New Mixes of Beatles Hits, Restored Film Clips Spanning 1962-1970 By Stephen K. Peeples “Beatles 1” and “Beatles 1+” reissue audio producer-engineer ‎Giles Martin and renowned film director ‎Michael Lindsay-Hogg appeared live at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, Read More

Lennonology Author Joins John Lennon 75th Birthday Party

Noted Beatles author Chip Madinger publishes Lennon-Ono chronology spanning 1966-1980 By Stephen K. Peeples Just in time to help celebrate what would have been rock music icon and peace activist John Lennon’s 75th birthday on Oct. 9, noted Beatles collector and author Chip Madinger and his historian-collector co-author Scott Raile will publish a new book Read More

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 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