JOHN MAYALL SAVES THE DAY: How one Brit unearthed talent for American blues and kept the music alive—and some say better than ever—for the rest of us
ARTHUR LEE: The show goes on. Friends and strangers organize a benefit for a dying genius, and discover how hard being a benefactor can be. Robert Plant asks, “Can I sing some Zeppelin songs?”
Influences: Ike Turner and Pinetop Perkins helped make rock and blues what they are today. Go back 70 years to their early days, and listen up.
Kickin’ in Your Stall: You don’t have to be an old soul to have soul. Oli “Lightning” Brown may look like he’s playing hooky, but he’s channeling Hooker.
Stax Profiles: Eddie Floyd, Booker T and more
On the Record: Tom Petty’s misnamed—he’s Tom Major. Then Dylan, uh, then Elvis Costello, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Dinah Washington, Calexico, Gladys Knight and other major talents
Collecting: John Mayall. Fifty albums in 50 years, more-or-less. Here are the eleven must-haves.
Also Appearing: Bob Dylan (again, in print), Gram Parsons (still fascinating), the Byrds (ever harmonious), and Kris (in his prime)
Re.Issues: The definitive John Lee Hooker box set. Lesser-known gems from Roy Orbison, Edgar Winter and some righteous surfer dudes