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Eddie Wilson on the Armadillo, Janis, and Counterculture Austin

Grand Old Austin Tour: Threadgill's North

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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 almost 85 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.

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