April 1, 2012

This Land Magazine

Leon Russell dominates this issue because we’re celebrating the man’s 70th birthday, in style.

TOGETHER: Scott and Margee Aycock have weathered it all — even Scott’s heart giving out.

SO LONG: Lucas Blakely says goodbye to his “big teddy bear” friend, motorcyclist, and self-taught graphic designer, Joe Merz.

IMAGINARY OKLAHOMA: Mary Jo Bang turns the car around in her story “Ok, Fine.”

THE POSTER BOY OF ROCK: Tamara Logsdon Hawkinson profiles Brian Thompson, the poster artist in the early rock ’n’ roll days of the Cain’s Ballroom.

LEON’S LAIR: Matt O’Meilia remembers the day Leon Russell moved into the Aaronson Mansion in Maple Ridge. He ought to. He threw his morning paper.

LEON RUSSELL ROAD: Lindsey Neal was there when Trenton Avenue at Third Street became, officially, Leon Russell Road.

LONGHAIR MUSIC: Steve Todoroff has been archiving Russell’s career as a studio musician, in photos, session notes, and more.

DONE THAT: Natasha Ball tells a story of the time Kathy Todoroff cooked Leon a large helping of bearded musselsminus the beards.

POETRY: This issue, we’ve got a special treat—two poems by Tulsa’s legendary painter-poet Joe Brainard.

ORIGINAL OKIE: Jeremy Charles photographs Tulsa musician Paul Benjaman. 

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