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Alan Paul
Alan Paul is the author of the New York Times bestseller One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band (St. Martin's) and Big in China (Harper). The latter is a memoir about living in Beijing, raising three American children and fronting a Chinese blues group, Woodie Alan, which was named 2008 Beijing Band of the Year. He is a senior writer for Guitar World and Slam magazines.

Entries by Alan Paul

Derek Trucks' 10 Commandments of Jam

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 5:19 PM

Derek Trucks and I collaborated on this in 2004 when he was just a wee pup. It has stood the test of time.

1. Just listen.
Make sure that when you're on stage with others, you are paying attention to what's...

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It's Not the Sugar's Fault That Your Kid Is Hyper

(3) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 9:24 AM

Few urban legends annoy me as much as "sugar makes kids hyper." It's so widespread that I don't even bother correcting it any more. I just end up sounding like a know-it-all nag, one of the only things in the world more annoying than someone sprouting off urban tale nonsense...

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Mazel Tov Mike Brown -- and Why His Hiring Got Me Thinking

(4) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 11:06 AM

Congrats to Mike Brown for being named the new head coach of the Lakers.

It couldn't happen to a nicer guy, and I mean that quite sincerely. Brown being in the news has me thinking about the awesome character Darryl Dawkins, the sad tale of Lenny Cooke and the...

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RIP Robert "Tractor" Traylor: A Personal Rememberance

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 9:35 PM

Wow. I just heard that Robert "Tractor" Traylor is dead at 34. It is of course sad to lose anyone so young, and this one hits close to home for me.

Tractor was starring for U-M when I lived in Ann Arbor in 96-98, and I wrote a piece...

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My Unlikely Journey from Journalist to Chinese Rockstar to Voice Actor

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 11:43 AM

If you want to get to know your book, read it out loud. This is a simple lesson I learned recording the audio book of Big In China, My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues and Becoming a Star in Beijing.

Shortly after...

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Being Jewish in China and Discovering What Really Matters

(57) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 7:07 PM

When my wife and I decided to move our family from Maplewood to Beijing in 2005 we weren't really sure what it would mean for our Jewish life. We were prepared to scale it back for a few years, and to take more responsibility for keeping the Jewish education of...

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What Looks Like an Anchor May Be Wings

(2) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 1:15 PM

With almost 100 columns and thousands of blog posts documenting my three and half years in China, I thought turning it all into a book would be straightforward. I was wrong.

I never seriously doubted I would get here, but once I plunged into turning...

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You Call This Fast? The Long, Slow Birth of a Book

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 12:47 PM

I wrote my book Big In China really quickly. I know this is true because everyone says it is so, but the process has felt anything but fast to me. Now, after a lot of hurry up and wait, the real countdown has begun. The book launches on March 1.

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How Blogging Helped Me Get a Book Deal

(10) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 4:19 PM

I sat at my dining room table in Maplewood, New Jersey with my wife Rebecca and our dear friends Craig Winkelman and Jane Beck. It was July, 2005, and they were there for a goodbye dinner; in a few weeks my family of five would be moving to Beijing.

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