I just returned from SXSW, which grows more excessive every year, but still has the cool vibes that come from indie music and BBQ. While in Austin, Texas, I interviewed Neil Young, went to the Lady Gaga show, and contributed to the Rolling Stone roundup of the festival’s best moments. I also had the sobering experience of being right next to a mass vehicular murder by a drunken driver, and getting out of an amazing X show only to find myself shifting gears into being a crime reporter (and photographer).
I also recently wrote three installments of a series of articles on the contents of past issues of Rolling Stone (25, 30, and 40 years ago), which proved to be an entertaining excuse to dip into the magazine’s archives. And I interviewed the mighty Rick Rubin.