Behind the Curtain: Rock Roundtable

Behind the Curtain: Rock Roundtable

Veteran rock journalist Steve Rosen details his ambitious Rock Roundtable, a group interview with five key guitarists of the hard rock realm in this month’s Behind the Curtain…Photo by: Glen LaFerman www.glenlaferman.com Now it is virtually commonplace to see multiple guitar players from different bands being interviewed together in various magazines and on online sites. […]

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Ray Charles in 1983

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Ray Charles in 1983

(Photo by: Glen LaFerman www.glenlaferman.com) 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 a great warrior defeating his enemies in battles that were stacked against him. He was afraid of nothing, and though […]

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 of Hollywood like sweetly-scented sonic spores, the music had to be screaming from those distant monitors because the riff of Billy Gibbons’ guitar scuttled the […]

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 to even change the very course of human history makes them the most powerful creative force on the planet. As profoundly important as painters, sculptors, […]

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 Blackmore for the first time. Creem Magazine wanted me to go out to the Twin Cities to interview Deep Purple’s brooding cat in the black hat. […]

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. Photo by: Glen LaFerman www.glenlaferman.com Rory Gallagher was a reluctant hero, a soft-spoken Irishman offstage who was nothing like the bigger-than-life persona his fans saw onstage. When you watched the diminutive musician from Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland […]

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 strange, haunting and disturbing—not unlike the man himself. A Crimson song was unsettling—so was Fripp. A Crimson album was dark—the stuff nightmares were made of—and […]