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The year before the Isle of Wight 1970 Music Festival, the nation had begun to experience a shift. The days of peace were giving way to a menacing undercurrent. This undercurrent brought about the disruption at Woodstock where thousands of non-paying visitors forced...read more
Some think Leonard Cohen must've been a brooder. There were plenty of serious times, and then there were times that revealed a deep, creative sense of humor. Take for instance one of the times he forgot the words to a song. Leonard Cohen's improv skills were...read more
Long before he became a country music legend, Charlie Daniels often traveled in the same musical circles as Ron. They played alongside some of the hottest names in music, touring with Leonard Cohen and working with Bob Dylan. Like many other touring musicians, Ron...read more
Sometimes, the best way to listen to the lessons of history is to listen to history itself. Thanks to Jack Feschler at Waxidermy, we don't have to wonder about the mood surrounding the release of Ron Cornelius' first, and only, solo album, Tin Luck. Polydor's press...read more
When Ron Cornelius went with Johnny Cash for his Live at San Quentin show, it wasn't his first time inside. His experience perfectly illustrates the power of our choices to shape our paths. Live at San Quentin vs Live at San Quentin English is a funny language, a fact...read more
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For many years, over, and over, people have told me that I should write a book about my life experiences in the music industry. Never gave that much thought until, at a point in time, the concept of individual “short-stories” came to mind. To write a book that’s not a “tell-all” but one of true experiences that could appeal to music lovers and fans the world over. A book for people interested in knowing what it would be like to run in the fast lane as a guitar player.
But more over, and especially in my case, it’s the life events that have gone on around all of this that can be unbelievable—unbelievable, but absolutely true.
The title of this book, “The Guitar Behind Dylan and Cohen,” was the title of a two-page newspaper article that was written about me. I chose to use it because the stories (in this book) take place during the portion of my career at which time I was simultaneously recording albums with Bob Dylan and recording albums and touring with Leonard Cohen.
Most of the people in this book are known to be, and recognized as, great songwriters as well as being artists. However, Cohen and Dylan, and their use of music as a way to speak to the masses are a very different world. Being part of all that led me in and out of some of the dumbest situations imaginable.
As I share these stories with you, and as you read, put yourself in my shoes and let yourself become … the guitar behind Dylan and Cohen.