Episode from the podcastEveryone Loves Guitar

Carlos Alomar, David Bowie: “If you can't explain it, you can't defend it...”

Released Friday, 7th May 2021
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Chuck Berry told me, “Boy, you don’t rehearse rock ‘n roll!...”
On this Carlos Alomar interview, meeting David Bowie, and why he left Bowie… growing up with a father who was a Pentecostal minister and the wisdom & openness Carlos gleaned from this relationship… working with Chuck Berry, Iggy Pop (and his incredible power), Mick Jagger, Gloria Gaynor and others… thing he’s proudest of, why you should never “Disturb the groove,” thinking like 3 guitar players, not one… golf, Greece, puppets, smiling, and why, “If you can’t explain it, you can’t defend it!” One of the smartest performers and most naturally happy people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, this is a MUST listen!
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Carlos Alomar worked with David Bowie as his musical director from 1975-2003. He’s also played on 11 Bowie albums, which is more than any musician, other than pianist Mike Garson. He was also a member of the Apollo house band. As a side man, Carlos has recorded or toured with with Ben E. King, Joe Simon, Roy Ayers, The Main Ingredient (“Everybody Plays The Fool), Iggy Pop (co-writes), Cyndi Lauper, Carly Simon, Mick Jagger (co-writes), Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Simple Minds, Yoko Ono, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Gloria Gaynor, Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars (Uptown Funk), Graham Parker, Debbie Gibson, Jellybean, Dr. Dre, Tom Jones, Prefab Sprout, The Pretenders and many others. He’s played on 32 Gold and Platinum records over the years & done soundtrack work for movies and TV, including movies like Rush, Pretty Woman, Pretty In Pink, Usual Suspects. He also appeared in a new documentary, "By whatever means necessary" which just won an NAACP outstanding directors award...
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