King’s Column

King’s Column

December 15, 2017
by Bill King

I left behind the music director seat with Janis Joplin in late 1968, served ten months in a military uniform, then hitchhiked the interstates and backroads of New York state in the dead of fall, endured uncertainty, and eventually found refuge in Canada.

Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Miles
December 7, 2017
by Bill King

Fifty years for many rock musicians is it! Yet, for us folks who did more observing than actively buying into ‘live fast, die young’ bullshit – music now more than ever colours our lives. Look at us old-timers posting photos, event calendars, posters from the early days of rock.

Loreena McKennitt
November 22, 2017
by Bill King

The internationally successful world music artist was DIY long before it became fashionable. She explores her business philosophy and her support of the Canadian armed forces in this wide-ranging interview.

November 16, 2017
by Bill King

An interview with "Spike" that knocks the ball right out of the field and shatters the glass protecting Alice.

e El Mocambo gift shop with a friend. Pic: Bill King Photography
November 9, 2017
by Bill King

It is still underway, but Bill King is optimistic that the major renovation job will restore magic to the historic Toronto venue he loved so much.

Jesse Cook  Photo Allen Clark
October 20, 2017
by Bill King

The fluent Canadian guitarist and composer has earned an international audience with his eclectic brand of world music. He takes an entirely hands-on approach to all aspects of his work, as Bill King discovers in this fascinating chat.

Mark Kearney and Randy Ray
October 13, 2017
by Bill King

The prolific writing team has just published a new book that features informative conversations with some pioneers of Canadian folk, pop and rock.

Leo Fender
October 6, 2017
by Bill King

Contemporary music owes a huge debt to the visionary inventor. A new book looks at the man behind the sound, and Bill King interviews the co-authors here.

Sammy Davis Jr.
September 22, 2017
by Bill King

Even with unbridled talent and career success, Davis could never escape the color of his skin in a land preoccupied and plagued with burning prejudice. He was the first true black superstar!

Eric Clapton
September 15, 2017
by Bill King

He may have achieved guitar god status, but the English blues-rocker has stared down addictions and personal tragedy, as a new film documentary exposes.

The incomparable Mr. RCA himself, Ed Preston
August 31, 2017
by Bill King

I feel fortunate to catch up with Ed Preston who many know as Mr RCA, but judging from this interview I think Ed would have loved to talk more about playing the drums.

The King Family 1925
August 25, 2017
by Bill King

In this very personal essay, Bill King reflects upon the insidious nature of racism in the South and the ways in which music can bridge the divide.