Mosser in the Morning
Eddie Wilson on the Armadillo, Janis, and Counterculture Austin
Eddie Wilson is probably our town's most accomplished storyteller - it can be a little tough to keep Eddie on topic, because the stories he tells tend to intertwine with one another, just like they do in real life. The point of our visit was to talk about Threadgill's, which has stood on North Lamar for over 83 years since its founding in 1933, but the story of Threadgill's is difficult to extract from Eddie's own story, or that of the Armadillo World Headquarters, which was directly inspired by Threadgill's, or that of Janis Joplin, who was a Threadgill's regular - all of which is summed up in Eddie's new book. So, as is the most practical and entertaining policy, it's best just to let Eddie Wilson spin his story.
KGSR's Chris Mosser sits down with Eddie Wilson of Threadgill's for a rundown of the restaurant's history and that of the Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin's place in American counterculture of the '60s and '70s, and Eddie's new book about all of the above.