Alan Jacobs

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Fun fact: The Strawbs were the very first rock band I saw in concert, at the old Boutwell Auditorium in my home town of Birmingham (the one in Alabama, FYI). They were the opening act for Ten Years After. And thanks to the miracle of the internet, I have just learned that this happened on May 4, 1973, so I was fourteen. That was also, I believe, the first time I smoked pot — people were passing joints along the aisle throughout the whole show, so I fairly staggered out of the auditorium. I wonder what my grandma thought when she picked me up.