Those We Lost in 2013

Every year, we lose treasured members of music’s history. This year, three of those who passed away were important figures I had the pleasure and honor of interviewing. Click on a name for the full feature.

Alvin Lee
Though he came to fame with his band Ten Years After via a bravura performance at Woodstock, he remained musically active right up until the very end. I spoke with him about what would become his final album, Still On the Road to Freedom.

Richie Havens
Quite possibly the nicest public figure I have ever met, Havens too remained very active recording and performing right up until his death this year at age 72. An autographed copy of his Mixed Bag LP is among my most treasured mementos. I spoke with him ahead of an Asheville concert date, and then met him in person at the show.

Ray Manzarek
I took the opportunity to interview the former Doors keyboardist in connection with his involvement in the (somewhat dubious) Sly Stone “comeback” album. But after reminding me that he was in a well-known band back in the day, Ray was generous with his time, telling me a few stories from the old days.

Merry Christmas!

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