Michael Corcoran's Overserved

A personal history of Austin music and Texas history
Created 26 Sep 2021
  • Austin's Lebanese Legacy
    05 Dec 2021 • 8 min read
    Zilker Park circa 1925. Back row: Victoria Joseph Zegub, Lucille Joseph Nassour, Martha Joseph Attal, Stella Fatalism Shia. Front row: Agnes Nassour Sabb, unknown, and Julia Joseph Attal. His newborn ...
  • Behind Bars #1: The Stocktons of Beerland
    04 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    The Materialistics photo by Jeffery Martin from the Please Don’t Do Coke In the Bathroom facebook page for Beerland memories. If the 2000 Presidential election had been decided the night it was suppos...
  • Transformative: Louis Armstrong at the Driskill
    02 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 4 0
    Charles L. Black Jr. was a freshman at the University of Texas in 1931 when he saw a placard advertising “Louis Armstrong, King of the Trumpet, and His Orchestra” at the Driskill Hotel. He didn’t know...
  • Austin's first hippie mecca: Vulcan Gas Company
    01 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 3 1
    There were folkie clubs like the Cliché in West Campus, the Eleventh Door on Red River and the Chequered Flag at Lavaca at 15th, which had an auto racing theme in reflection of co-owner Rod Kennedy’s ...
  • The lives and good times of the Continental Club
    30 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 5 0
    Hot August Night 1987. Photo by Casey Monahan. There were three times more people outside the club than were able to fit inside, where it was brutally hot and gloriously sweaty. Sitting in little clum...
  • The loving legacy of Sims Ellison
    29 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 4 1
    Sims Ellison photo by Todd V. Wolfson. The music business is full of hard-luck stories, but no Austin act rose faster and fell harder than metal band Pariah in the 1990s. Like Guns N’ Roses three year...
  • Run-DMC packs a rap Lunch, then hip hop comes to SXSW
    28 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    June 19, 1985 Run-DMC photo by Bill Leissner from his book “Austin Icons of the Eighties.” The steel beams came from the Armadillo World Headquarters after it closed Jan. 1, 1981. The first rap concer...
  • Infamous nights in Austin Music
    27 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    • ZZ Top’s First Annual Texas Size Rompin’ Stompin’ Barn Dance and Bar B.Q. On Labor Day weekend 1974, the rockin’ trio from Houston booked Memorial Stadium to celebrate their breakout LP Tres Hombres...
  • "Goodnight Austin, Texas, wherever you are"
    26 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    The most legendary of all Austin music venues was adopted by many acts during its run from 1970-1980: Freddie King, Willie Nelson, Commander Cody, Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads and Van Morrison cou...
  • Dylan and the Band: The First Waltz
    25 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Bob Dylan press conference Villa Capri 9/24/65 Bob Dylan and the Band. Allusive, majestic, snarling lyrics run through the organic groove grinder. The most important, influential songwriter in pop mus...
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