This feature appeared in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine.
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It was the spring of 2013, and the rock band Spoon was meeting in the studio of its drummer, Jim Eno, in Austin, Tex., to begin the monthslong process of preparing songs, which itself would precede the monthslong process of recording those songs for a new album. It had been several years since the band last recorded, the longest Spoon had remained silent in its 20-year life.
is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.
In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.