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Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Ray Charles in 1983

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Ray Charles in 1983

Interviewing Ray Charles back in 1983 was like interviewing a man who had conquered the world and done it all. Ray was like an explorer seeking out new lands or…

Behind the Curtain: Billy Gibbons and ZZ Top

Behind the Curtain: Billy Gibbons and ZZ Top

Every day now for two weeks, I heard the song rise from what must have been a pair of seriously-powered speakers the size of refrigerators. Floating out over the hills…

Behind the Curtain: RockGodz Hall of Fame

Behind the Curtain: RockGodz Hall of Fame

I have always been awed, mesmerized and fascinated by the people who make music. Their ability to touch fans and to bring joy and sadness, communicate emotions and thoughts and…

Behind the Curtain: Ritchie Blackmore

Behind the Curtain: Ritchie Blackmore

For his latest Behind the Curtain, writer Steve Rosen recounts a memorable experience with guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore… In December 1974, I flew to St. Paul, Minnesota to meet Ritchie…

Behind the Curtain: Bonding with Rory Gallagher

Behind the Curtain: Bonding with Rory Gallagher

For this month’s Behind the Curtain installment, Steve Rosen recounts a special kinship with late guitar icon Rory Gallagher.  Rory Gallagher was a reluctant hero, a soft-spoken Irishman offstage who was…

Behind the Curtain: AC/DC’s Angus Young and Bon Scott at Day On the Green 1978

Behind the Curtain: AC/DC’s Angus Young and Bon Scott at Day On the Green 1978

It is July 23, 1978 and promoter Bill Graham is presenting another installment of Day On the Green, the recurring concert series he has held at the Oakland Coliseum since…

Behind the Curtain: The Challenge of Interviewing Robert Fripp of King Crimson

Behind the Curtain: The Challenge of Interviewing Robert Fripp of King Crimson

For this month’s Behind the Curtain, Steve Rosen details the trials and tribulatulations of interviewing one of rock’s most unique personalities… Robert Fripp conjured music with King Crimson that was…

Behind the Curtain: Riding Around with Don Felder and the Eagles

Behind the Curtain: Riding Around with Don Felder and the Eagles

“That’s a big concern of everybody—making  the best record and the best band. Without anybody getting on an ego trip of, ‘I wanna have another song on the record or…

Behind the Curtain: Smiles, Songs and Chats with Stevie Wonder

Behind the Curtain: Smiles, Songs and Chats with Stevie Wonder

Though the moment is just a barely discernible blip on my memory radar, I can still faintly remember seeing Stevie Wonder when he was still Little Stevie Wonder. He was…

Behind the Curtain: The Regret of Turning Down a Full-Band Interview with Queen

Behind the Curtain: The Regret of Turning Down a Full-Band Interview with Queen

Whenever I hear a Queen song on the radio, which is just about every day, it brings me both joy and disgust; pleasure and pain. These emotions are especially strong…

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