In Part 2 of Don Waller’s interview, veteran writer and counterculture expert Richard Goldstein talks about surviving the ’60s, how music and political movements are tied together, and what feminism did for all of us.
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In the first of two parts, Don Waller talks to veteran writer, editor, and counterculture expert Richard Goldstein about his new memoir, hanging out with rock stars, and why Patti Smith’s “Just Kids” is one of the best books about the ’60s.
Fifty years ago, the “5” Royales disbanded. This weekend, they’re getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an “Early Influence.” Don Waller explains why that’s an understatement.
Thirty-five years ago today, the Cramps released their first album, “Songs the Lord Taught Us.” Yes, it was April 1, but it was no joke. The album was, and still is, a classic slab of “psychobilly,” a term the Cramps themselves coined to describe their wild style. Before the record’s release, the Cramps visited a friend in Los Angeles and brought along the album’s producer, Alex Chilton. Don Waller was there, and this is what he remembers … . (Photo of Lux Interior by Donna Santisi.)
In Part 2 of Don Waller’s interview with Lenny Kaye, the veteran Patti Smith Group guitarist talks about his pioneering “Nuggets” comp, producing other artists, and what goes into (and stays out of) his tour diary.
In the first of two parts, Don Waller talks to veteran Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye about avoiding nostalgia on their current tour, his thing for crooners, and being in the glitzy world of the Golden Globes.
Don Waller talks to Cracker lead guitarist Johnny Hickman about the band’s new double album, how he and frontman David Lowery are like Tom Petty and Mike Campbell, and why Lowery is one of the best songwriters of his generation.
Does James Williamson sing in the shower? Don Waller talks to the Stooges guitarist/songwriter on the eve of a rare live L.A. performance of his solo album “Re-Licked,” with guests including Alison Mosshart and Jello Biafra. We also find out why he’s OK with modifying some old lyrics … and what’s always in his refrigerator.
Starting this week, the 1981 lineup of the Flesh Eaters is taking their classic album on the road for a brief West Coast tour. Don Waller talks to bandleader Chris D. about the spiritual struggle that shaped the voodoo-flavored record.