#33 July/August 2009

#33: July/August 2009
Cover Photo by Arnie Goodman


Revisiting Woodstock: Some memories fade, but after 40 years, Woodstock’s events remain vividly alive and well in what’s left of our minds. Richie Havens, Jorma Kaukonen and others reminisce

Black or White Music: Sometimes subtle, sometimes not, racial discrimination raises its evil eye in bands, labels, record bins and yes, audiences


Michael LangAnnouncement from the stage: Promoter Michael Lang talks about the lasting effects of three days of peace and music, and his “Thank God!” moment

Kickin’ in Your Stall: Advertising’s Top 40 includes the Mothers of Investment, and their songs come with a toaster

Influences: John Scofield & Les PaulInfluences: Les Paul and John Scofield share a love of music—jazz in particular—and invention. Les Paul, for example, invented the guitar that rocked

Pet Sounds: Like baseball, bands trade players, and last week’s the Kills wailer is this week’s Dead Weather blueswoman. Ali Green keeps the scorecard

Festival Rap: A sampling of upcoming gatherings

On the Record: Elvis Costello and producer T Bone Burnett create a crystalclear gem. Scofield goes gospel, the Decemberists go operatic, Levon Helm goes electric and Martina McBride goes sophisticated

Ear Candy: Willie Nile makes up for lost time with 1,000 guitars

Re.Issues: The Holy Modal Rounders. Did anyone figure out what that name means? Two reissues give us a second chance to figure out their music, at least. Plus: songstresses Vaughan and Parton, and greats Miles, Mingus and the Man in Black

Get a Grip: If you try to be hip, you automatically fail. Steve Walbridge finds winners

What’d I Say: Jim Hynes’ six-pack of blues artists provides a break from those ol’ twelve-bar blues

Also Appearing: South By Southwest, the newcomer’s nirvana (the state of mind, not the band); Pete Seeger turns 90, doesn’t look a day over 70, acts 20; the New York Dolls just act 20

Collecting: Woodstock bands: Crosby, Stills & Nash, CCR, Santana, Ten Years After, Joe Cocker and Sly & the Family Stone all really broke at Woodstock. Established bands like the Who, Jefferson Airplane also released big LPs

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