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Ivan Koop Kuper :
MUSIC | Lightnin’ Hopkins: Texas blues man

His appearance on Austin City Limits was a highlight of Lightnin’s career. By Ivan Koop Kuper | The Rag Blog | November 11, 2020 HOUSTON — Texas blues legend Samuel “Lightnin’” Hopkins was 66 years of age in 1978, when … Continue reading

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Ivan Koop Kuper :
A candid portrait of Daniel DeWitt
Thomas, Part 2

The making of the 13th Floor Elevators’ album, ‘Bull of the Woods.’ By Ivan Koop Kuper | The Rag Blog | August 21, 2019 HOUSTON — A third studio album followed the 13th Floor Elevators’ groundbreaking psych classic, Easter Everywhere. … Continue reading

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Ivan Koop Kuper :
A candid portrait of Daniel DeWitt
Thomas, Part 1

The making of the 13th Floor Elevators’ album, ‘Easter Everywhere.’ By Ivan Koop Kuper | The Rag Blog | July 24, 2019 HOUSTON — Danny Thomas, a former drummer-turned-author and a native son of North Carolina, celebrated his 71st birthday … Continue reading

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Ivan Koop Kuper :
Bidding a fond farewell to Bayou City troubadour Don Sanders

Influential singer-songwriter was also the ‘Mayor of Montrose.‘ By Ivan Koop Kuper | The Rag Blog | August 15, 2018 HOUSTON — On the wall of the back room of Sand Mountain Coffee House, Houston’s one-time folk mecca located on … Continue reading

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Ivan Koop Kuper :
METRO | Filmmaker Eagle Pennell’s downward spiral in Houston

Texan Pennell, a ‘patron saint of  American independent film,’ became his own worst enemy. By Ivan Koop Kuper | The Rag Blog | May 25, 2017 HOUSTON — Independent filmmaker Eagle Pennell had become somewhat of a permanent fixture in … Continue reading

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Ivan Koop Kuper :
METRO | Saying goodbye to Mike Condray and remembering Liberty Hall

Thanks to Condray and crew, Houstonians were treated to many an unforgettable evening of history-making performances. By Ivan Koop Kuper | The Rag Blog | March 30, 2016 HOUSTON — On Bruce Springsteen’s 1998 multi-album box set of miscellaneous recordings, … Continue reading

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Ivan Koop Kuper :
METRO | Operation Texas: LBJ’s secret rescue mission on the eve of the Holocaust

One Texas scholar insisted that Johnson’s strong spiritual conviction and moral obligation fueled this alleged clandestine undertaking. By Ivan Koop Kuper | The Rag Blog | February 24, 2016 HOUSTON — On the evening of December 30, 1963, a little … Continue reading

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BOOKS / Ivan Koop Kuper : Vicki Ayo’s ‘Boys From Houston’ Documents a Thriving ’60s Music Scene

Vicki Welch Ayo’s ‘Boys From Houston‘ describes a thriving ’60s music scene The book is a real eye-opener for those who would have never believed that the city once known as ‘Baghdad on the Bayou,’ referring to its oppressive climate … Continue reading

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Ivan Koop Kuper : The Maharishi’s Bad Houston Karma

The Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: The late Houston real estate mogul.The Heaven on Earth Inn:Bad Karma in Houston The Guru’s utopian vision somehow took a turn in the wrong direction. By Ivan Koop Kuper / The Rag Blog / May … Continue reading

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Ivan Koop Kuper : Huey P. Meaux Was the Crazy Cajun

Huey P. Meaux was the Crazy Cajun By Ivan Koop Kuper / The Rag Blog / September 22, 2011 One Friday evening in 1973, a burly looking biker entered the control room of community radio station KPFT FM, the Pacifica … Continue reading

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Ivan Koop Kuper : Huey P. Meaux Was the Crazy Cajun

Huey P. Meaux was the Crazy Cajun By Ivan Koop Kuper / The Rag Blog / September 22, 2011 One Friday evening in 1973, a burly looking biker entered the control room of community radio station KPFT FM, the Pacifica … Continue reading

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Ivan Koop Kuper :
Stacy and Bunni: A Montrose Love Story

If Stacy Sutherland of the 13th Floor Elevators were alive he’d be celebrating his 65th birthday this May. By Ivan Koop Kuper | The Rag Blog | March 31, 2011 HOUSTON — On the corner of Pacific and Hopkins streets … Continue reading

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