OutbackDave 
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Re: “Photo Opportunity

This is a wonderful article with great photos. However, I must point out an incorrectly identified photo. On page 12 the lower photo is identified as "Joe Cocker was getting by with a little help from his friends". The photo is actually of Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, lead guitarist of LA based blues band Canned Heat. Wilson is seen here onstage at Woodstock playing his iconic 1954 Goldtop Les Paul (with the STP sticker placed between a pair of single-coil pickups he installed to achieve his signature sound). During his short life Wilson influenced many blues guitarists and in my opinion earned his place among the best musicians of the era. He died at age 27 just two weeks before Jimi Hendrix died and four weeks before Janis Joplin died. Rest In Peace Al Wilson, although you're no longer with us, your music remains for us to boogie on!

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Posted by OutbackDave on 08/20/2019 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

I became a fan of Brian Jabas Smith after moving to Tucson in 2017. Tucson Salvage led me to read Spent Saints and Other Stories which is one of those rare books that made an impression on me as it seemed to be written just for me. Brians stories are as real as the people he reveals to us as we read. It is always a powerful experience for me and he is consistently masterful at his craft.

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Posted by OutbackDave on 08/17/2019 at 5:02 PM

Re: “A Conversation With Brian Smith

I moved to Tucson in May 2017 and Tucson Weekly became a tool to find my way around this unfamiliar territory. I cant remember exactly when I read my first Tucson Salvage story but after reading the first, I tried not to miss another one. I often wondered about who Brian Smith was and how did he go about finding the people he described in Tucson Salvage. Then came the Oct. 18th, 2018 Tucson Weekly issue with the story about the Tucson Salvage book and film and especially the conversation with Brian. I was traveling that weekend so I read the article on a Southwest flight to San Diego. I was so interested to read his 1st book Spent Saints I ordered it on Amazon that night. Spent Saints is the best writing Ive read in years (and I read a lot). The truth and emotion and life expressed in Brians stories resonate with me in a profound way. Im so glad that Tucson Weekly introduced me to the Tucson Salvage writer whose stories enrich my life.

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Posted by David McKennett on 11/03/2018 at 11:25 AM

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