Posts From Harvey Kubernik

Johnny Cash’s ‘A Boy Named Sue’: The Story Behind the Song

“That’s the most cleverly written song I’ve ever heard,” Cash told the song’s composer, Shel Silverstein. It became Cash’s biggest hit single.

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Bob Marley and the Wailers: Behind Their 1973 Capitol Records Session

The 1973 recording represented a unique moment in the Jamaican band’s history: one of the last times Marley and Peter Tosh played together.

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The Rolling Stones’ ‘Exile on Main Street’: Behind the Cover Art

The 1972 album cover was highly influential. Since, then, thousands of artists have used its “Ripping and Tearing” style and graffiti in their work.

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Jerry Garcia: A 1976 Encounter with the Grateful Dead’s Figurehead

In the Grateful Dead, no two people have the same conception musically, which makes it harder. Nobody gets their way,” Garcia said in this archival chat.

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Berry Gordy: A Chat with the Man Who Made Motown

Soon to be a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, the entrepreneur who gave us Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and so many others looks back.

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George Harrison & Ravi Shankar on the ‘Bangladesh’ Concert, the Sitar, Their Friendship & More

In 1971, two friends got together to help millions in need. The result was a landmark concert. In this 1997 chat, they discuss ‘Bangla Desh’ & more.

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Brian Wilson Remembers: An In-Depth Interview with the Beach Boys’ Resident Genius

“I didn’t know how big it would get. I didn’t think it would,” said Brian WIlson about the group that would become one of the most celebrated in rock.

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Tina Turner on Phil Spector, ‘Tommy,’ Touring With the Stones and Being a Sex Goddess

“As wild as I am, I know that I maintain my femininity. People have always told me that,” said the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in this classic chat.

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Billy Preston on His Career and Touring With the Stones

“It feels like I’ve been playing with them for years. We’re a family. All the guys are hanging out together.”–Billy Preston on touring with the Stones

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Happy 80th Birthday, Bob Dylan! Fellow Artists Pay Tribute to the Legend

Dylan has been one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the past century. Here, some of his disciples tell their favorite Dylan stories.

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