Ian McLagan was the keyboard player with the Small Faces and Faces, then went on as a backing player with The Rolling Stones. Back in 60′s, Mac went to Art School in London, the same Art School Norman B attended a year or so later. Mac and Norman ran into each backstage at a charity event in Seattle, where the former Small Faces member suggested the two silver-haired ex-art students should get together for what Mac describes as a cozy, fireside chat. Norman B’s exclusive interview with Ian McLagan covers his discovery of the blues and joining the Small Faces. Life in the quintessential Mod band and the crazy non-stop routine of a pop star. He talks about the beginning and the end of Faces and gives us a peak into what it was like recording with The Rolling Stones plus the often unglamorous life of being on the road with the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. Mac offers his opinions on Punk, keyboard players he admires and his favorite keyboards. He recounts the ups and the downs, the truths and the untruths of rock ‘n’ roll and why his muse was so crucial in his life. McLagan discusses his latest album United States and his current musical cohorts The Bump Band, based out of his adopted home of Austin, Texas.
Addendum: Sadly, as we aired the first part of Norman B’s interview with Ian, news arrived that the legendary keyboard player had died of a stroke on 3 December 2014 at the age of 69, at the Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas. The Life Elsewhere interviews with Ian McLagan are most likely the last he gave.