10.25.12 Sydney Morning Herald Article/Interview

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Sydney Morning Herald Article/Interview

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/minimal-to-the-max-20121025-28...

Minimal to the max

Date October 26, 2012

Samuel J Fell

Ben Harper is bringing his most intriguing musical turn yet to Australia.

In the early 1990s, while most of the musical world was neck-deep in the punk-rock conformity that grunge had become, a youngster from southern California emerged with a record that began a modern roots-music revival, introducing a new generation to blues, folk, soul and reggae.

With Pleasure and Pain in 1992, Ben Harper, a happy-go-lucky twentysomething, born at the tail-end of the Swinging Sixties, tapped into something that, 20 years later, makes him a trailblazer, lauded by the Blind Boys of Alabama, Jack Johnson and Charlie Musselwhite, among others.

''It seems like, about, 20 hours at the most,'' Harper smiles when asked if it seems as though it's been 20 years since he began this epic journey. ''I tell you what, I'm a lot fitter now than I was then, I'm getting my Benjamin Button on. But it went quick, I tell you that much. If the next 20 goes as quick as the first 20, I gotta hang on.'' more»

10.24.12 Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite - 'I Don't Believe A Word You Say' available for purchase Oct. 30th

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Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite - 'I Don't Believe A Word You Say' available for purchase Oct. 30th

http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Believe-Word-You-Say/dp/B009W7BVZK/ref=sr_1_2...

I Don't Believe A Word You Say

Original Release Date: October 30, 2012

Label: Stax

Total Length: 3:15

10.24.12 Ben played at Flea's 50th birthday party

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Ben played at Flea's 50th birthday party

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/flea-celebrates-50th-birthday-wit...

Flea Celebrates 50th Birthday with Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert in His Backyard

"It included a surprise performance from Ben Harper, who turned his cover of "Hallelujah" into "Happy Birthday" while a giant birthday cake featuring a stand-up bass was brought out for Flea."

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Flea Celebrates 50th Birthday with Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert in His Backyard
Gig doubles as benefit for bassist's Silver Lake Conservatory music school

By Steve Baltin
October 17, 2012 1:05 PM ET
Yesterday, on Flea's 50th birthday, the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist opened up his backyard to celebrate the two most important elements of his musical career: the Peppers and the Silver Lake Conservatory, the Los Angeles music school he founded 11 years ago. more»