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INTERVIEWS

Walter Kolosky
Interview By Jeff Melton

Walter Kolosky has written two books for publisher AbstractLogix. His second book is a dedicated and objective effort surrounding the brief history of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and its members. His single-minded approach to addressing the story of Mahavishnu allowed him to speak with many famous rock and jazz musicians who were directly influenced by their unique power and intensity.  Mr. Kolosky has provided a distinctive insight into the inner workings of the group, and he has shed new light on arguably the first and finest fusion band on the planet (the book is subtitled "The greatest band that ever was"). I am indebted to the author for his time and candor for this interview. Also, many thanks to Scott Steele for editorial assistance.  Jeff Melton.

Eclectic Moonlight:  How were you first introduced to the music of the Mahavishnu Orchestra?

Walter Kolosky:  When I was a kid, there used to be a show on the ABC TV Network called In Concert. It was on every Friday night at 11:30.  It featured all the great rock acts of the day. One night I was watching it and it was pretty bad.  I was thinking of turning it off and going to bed because I was bored and tired.  For some reason, I left the show on.  Finally the last act came on.  I'll never forget the announcer saying, "Ladies and Gentlemen.  The Mahavishnu Orchestra",   I thought to myself what kind of name is that?  The music started immediately.  I was mesmerized by the visual and sonic power of the band. It was like nothing I ever heard.  It was wild, yet organized.  It was powerful, threatening to crack my television screen. The audience was beside itself in exultation.  It was draining, yet invigorating.  What was this music?  I would say I was hooked within ten seconds.  It was one of those moments of discovery that affected the rest of your life.  I knew it right away.  In fact, within a few weeks I had given away all of my Black Sabbath and Ten Years After records. I would return to those bands years later on CD, but the mold had been cast.
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The Viper Queen
By David Lilly

When is the term, Viper Queen, a compliment? When it involves space-rocking electric violin and a gifted musician that ain't afraid to use it. She came out of Long Island, New York, with her violin on fire. They call her Cyndee Lee Rule (taking the cue from Cyndee, herself, of course). Some call her righteous in her gifts and exuberance. Life has taken Rule from her LI home to her base in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and beyond (her home on the web is
www.cyndeeleerule.com). Music has taken her to play in a symphony as first violinist, touring with a root of the Hawkwind family tree, recording with various artists and teaching, among other things. Rumor has it she has feasted on Reggie burgers with space rock pioneers on the planet Gong. When I heard her debut solo album, UFOsmosis, I wanted to know more about her, so I asked. The following is a document of our conversation.
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Amon Duul II: German Psychedelic Rock in the Modern Age
By Jeff Melton with John Weinzierl

Amon Duul II has been a staple of German psychedelic rock for over thirty years with many changes in personnel and style but retaining a strong international following that has thrived over the years. Guitarist John Weinzierl has been there through it all as the group prepares to enter the studio for a new set of recordings in 2006. Close to the Edge caught up with the founding member just prior to entering the studio for new recording sessions spring 2006.
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Dream Machine
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream
Interview By Jeff Nutkowitz

Sleep was in short supply as I made my way, via planes, trains, and automobiles, with several intermediary stops along the way, to a small, charming flat, in an old Victorian building, located in a mostly quiet, South London residential area. I was on my way, as a surrogate for PB's Melo, to interview one of UK's newest, up and coming, A-list spacerock ensembles, Dream Machine, and to then later to experience one of their absolutely incendiary performances. Unlike sleep, there was plenty of Dream to be had!
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Interview Archive

Grilled : Interview with Chris Gill  by Richard Cornick
A Giant Step for Guy: Interview with Guy Manning   by Richard Cornick
Hooploops: Interview with Hugh Hopper  by Melo

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