Death and Rebirth at the Speedway

In October 1974, a small investment group, including myself, were the first to stage a concert at the Columbia Speedway. We proposed a rock concert with Van Morrison and some local acts but the owner of the Speedway, Don Sharpe, said his “people would kill him if (he) brought a rock concert to the Speedway.” […]

Using Our Children In War

An old friend of mine was a boy in Köln when Nazis ruled Germany. His mother escorted him to church one day and stood by until she was certain that it had been recorded in the parish records that he was a Catholic. She hoped the paper trail would lead any inquisitions away from his […]

Charlie Daniels—Martyr to Music

The first time I interviewed Charlie Daniels was my first gig as an interviewer. I found him behind the stage sipping whiskey and smoking in a trailer at an outdoor festival from Hell outside Rockingham, North Carolina. Rain fell hard and arcs of electricity popped off a guitar during the set of the aptly-named Wet […]