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K-State Today

November 10, 2022

Goins publishes new article on rock icon Eric Clapton

Submitted by School of Music, Theatre, and Dance


Wayne Goins, university distinguished professor of music, published "On The Road With Eric Clapton" in the November 2022 issue of PMA, The Power of Music and Audio, a premier online journal that focuses on the human experience and interaction with recorded music and audio. 

In this sixth installment of his 10-part series, titled "Rock Chronicles," Goins highlights the supergroup involving the Delaney & Bonnie band that brings in Eric Clapton from Blind Faith Band and George Harrison from the Beatles. This rare merging of British superstars led to several live albums and further launched the careers of both Clapton and Harrison.

Goins sheds light on a series of classic rock albums directly connected in a manner that can essentially be viewed as "six degrees of separation." During the process of discovery of these classics, Goins offers expositions on such artists as Clapton, Elton John, Harrison, Duane Allman, Steve Winwood, Leon Russell, Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock, Billy Preston and more. Goins reveals the common thread between these specific albums and the sequence of events that led to their individual evolution, which collectively formed one of the most influential periods in the history of rock music.

Goins, who serves as a regular contributing writer to the magazine, regularly combines intense music research with in-depth details of his use of mono, stereo, and high-end digital equipment for playback of his extensive music collection in 45s, LPs and CD format.

Goins is the director of jazz studies at Kansas State University. He has performed with such greats as legendary guitarist Kenny Burrell, alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, trumpeter Clark Terry, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, organist Jimmy McGriff and many others. He has authored several award-winning books and articles. Learn more about Goins.