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Michael Simmons

Michael Simmons

Michael Simmons is a musician, journalist, filmmaker, and activist. He was dubbed "The Father Of Country Punk" by Creem magazine in the 1970s, edited the National Lampoon in the '80s, and won the LA Press Club Award in the '90s. He's written for the LA Weekly, LA Times, Rolling Stone, Penthouse, High Times, Arthur, Mojo, and The Progressive.

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Joan Baez: Royce Hall, Los Angeles

Live Review by Michael Simmons, LA Weekly, 13 November 2018

ON SATURDAY, NOV. 10, Royce Hall at UCLA was sold out for Joan Baez's Fare Thee Well… Tour 2018. At the age of 77, the ...

Nick Cave, Larry "Ratso" Sloman: Ratso Has A Record (and a duet with Nick Cave)

Comment by Michael Simmons, Dangerous Minds, 25 April 2019

WHAT MOST PEOPLE dream about, Larry "Ratso" Sloman makes happen. Anyone who's read Ratso's first book, 1978's On The Road With Bob Dylan, has witnessed ...

Bob Dylan: 'Bob Knew There'd Be Butting Of Heads'

Retrospective and Interview by Michael Simmons, MOJO, July 2010

HOW DYLAN'S FIRST ALBUM OF ORIGINAL MATERIAL SINCE 1990 BECAME A WAR OF WILLS, AND AN ARTISTIC TRIUMPH. AS TOLD TO MICHAEL SIMMONS. ...

Bob Dylan: Dylan's Christmas Album: First Listen!

Report by Michael Simmons, MOJO, 13 October 2009

SANTA DROPPED Bob Dylan's Christmas Album Down Mojo's chimney last night, and as we celebrated with premature mince pies and stollen it provided plenty of ...

Steve Earle: The Progressive Interview

Interview by Michael Simmons, Progressive, The, February 2003

"LATELY I FEEL like the loneliest man in America," writes Steve Earle in the liner notes of his most recent album, Jerusalem (Artemis). ...

Steve Earle: Country Maverick Steve Earle vs. The Nashville Machine

Report and Interview by Michael Simmons, LA Weekly, 20 December 2002

"LATELY I FEEL like the loneliest man in America," writes Steve Earle in the liner notes of his most recent album, Jerusalem (Artemis). ...

Kinky Friedman: I Was a Texas Jewboy

Memoir by Michael Simmons, LA Weekly, 29 July 2010

MY FIRST LIVE sighting of Richard "Kinky" "Big Dick" Friedman was at Max's Kansas City in New York in 1973. He was headlining Upstairs at ...

Grateful Dead: Dead Without Garcia: Is It Worth the Effort, or a Waste of Time?

Comment by Michael Simmons, LA Weekly, 6 May 2009

"THE FIRST Prankster ruleis that nothing lasts forever," said Merry Prankster chieftain Ken Kesey in 1966, the same year the Grateful Dead, the in-house band ...

Grateful Dead, Phish: The Grateful Dead: So Many Roads (1965–1995)/Phish: Hampton Comes Alive

Review by Michael Simmons, LA Weekly, 26 April 2000

ONE MORE NEGATIVE remark about hippies or the Grateful Dead and you punk-rock bullies will have petunias shoved down your throats. ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Review by Michael Simmons, LA Weekly, 29 November 2000

Heroes are important. They make you want to stay alive when you aren't sure whether you've been left behind, or are about to be run ...

The Holy Modal Rounders: Grin 'n' Spin: Millennial Yarns from the Holy Modal Rounders

Profile and Interview by Michael Simmons, LA Weekly, 2 September 1999

DURING THE early stages of a hallucinogenic drug trip, the voyager experiences giddiness and a vision of existence as a zany, absurdist cartoon. Eccentricity in ...

Nirvana: Danny Goldberg: Serving the Servant – Remembering Kurt Cobain (Ecco)

Book Review by Michael Simmons, LA Weekly, 12 April 2019

MUSIC BIZ macher, political activist and author Danny Goldberg's new book is Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain (Ecco), a reminiscence of his time as ...

Professor Longhair: Live In Chicago

Review by Michael Simmons, MOJO, January 2016

Previously unreleased live set of the New Orleans R&B pianist at his best. ...

Ed Sanders: The American Bard Takes On Katrina

Essay by Michael Simmons, Huffington Post, 1 April 2008

THERE IS A GIANT in our midst and his name is Edward Sanders. Ed was born in 1939 in Kansas City, Missouri. He moved to ...

John Stewart: Daydream Believer: John Stewart, 1939-2008

Obituary by Michael Simmons, Huffington Post, 21 February 2008

JOHN STEWART – singer, songwriter, guitarist, artist, husband, father, grandfather, Californian, American – was scheduled to perform at McCabe's in Santa Monica on Saturday, February ...

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A Half-Century of McCabe's Guitar Shop

Report by Michael Simmons, LA Weekly, 25 September 2008

Little shop of adorers ...

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