Blues Guitarist Magic Slim Dead at 75

February 22, 2013

Blues guitarist Magic Slim died yesterday in a Philadelphia hospital, The Associated Press reports. He was 75, and had been dealing with worsening health problems, his manager said. Slim, born Morris Holt in Mississippi, helped define the sound of post-war...



Swedish Rockers Graveyard Write What They Know on New Album

November 6, 2012

It's not that Swedish hard rockers Graveyard have a dark worldview, but certain themes tend to recur in their lyrics: war, economic upheaval and betrayal, all set to terse, chugging guitar riffs on their latest, Lights Out. "We just try to write about...



John Doe Finds His Blues

December 22, 2004

Though known as both a founding member of Los Angeles punk band X and, later, a rootsy solo artist, John Doe's Forever Hasn't Happened Yet, due March 22nd, is his unabashed love letter to the blues. "Current music like the White Stripes and Black Keys...



Keith Richards: The Rolling Stone Blues Today

May 25, 1998

No band did more to popularize the blues in America than the Rolling Stones. The group's playbook in its early days relied heavily on Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Robert Johnson and many other seminal artists who were virtually unknown outside...



The Rolling Stone 20th Anniversary Interview: Bob Dylan

November 5, 1987

Did you start out wanting to be a star?Not really, because I always needed a song to get by. There's a lot of singers who don't need songs to get by. A lot of 'em are tall, good-lookin', you know? They don't need to say anything to grab people. Me, I...



The Rolling Stones, Live in 1975: Back to a Shadow of a Night

September 11, 1975

When the Rolling Stones first appeared on Hollywood Palace in 1964, it was none other than Dean Martin who, as the traditional bibulous compère, found himself in the unrehearsed position of messenger of ill tidings. The Visigoths were at the backstage...



Perspectives: The Hidden Dylan Book

August 29, 1974

As any consistent reader of this column over the years of Rolling Stone's publication hopefully is aware, Bob Dylan is, in my estimation, one of the major literary and musical artists of our time and I find his work endlessly fascinating. Thus I have...


Album Review

The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions

September 30, 1971
Not Rated

Two new vivid collections of blues from Chess records. The Wolf album is the latest in a long line of recent blues Super Session enclaves (includes Clapton, Winwood, Wyman and Watts) that rates among the most successful of these black-meets-white get-togethers....