SXSW Video Wrap-Up: My Morning Jacket, N.E.R.D., Paramore, Vampire Weekend, Morello, Bareilles, More

March 17, 2008 12:59 PM ET

Rolling Stone was all over SXSW — hanging with My Morning Jacket, N.E.R.D., Paramore and Moby, checking out Vampire Weekend, the Breeders, MGMT, Sara Bareilles, Ben Harper, Robyn and many more — and our trusty cameras captured it all. For a taste of the best SXSW '08 had to offer onstage and behind the scenes, check out our wrap-up video.

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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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