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  • Jul 14 2016 New John Kay Interview in Wall Street Journal

    There is a great new interview with John Kay and Michael Monarch in the Wall Street Journal. Well worth reading, journalist Marc Myers discussed the writing of "Magic Carpet Ride" with it's creators as part of his column, “Anatomy of a Song.” Here is just the beginning; click to the Wall Street Journal for the whole interview.

    The Story Behind Steppenwolf’s ‘Magic Carpet Ride’

    John Kay and Michael Monarch discuss the origins of 1968’s ‘Magic Carpet Ride’

    By Marc Myers

    Released in September 1968, Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” became one of rock’s first songs to open with an extended passage of guitar distortion. The eerie prologue lasts 20 seconds and includes chugging electronic tones before dissolving into the song’s rhythmic power chords and blues-rock vocal.

    Though the song came out a year after Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxey Lady” with its shorter guitar distortion intro, “Magic Carpet Ride’s” thick guitar riff set the tone for hard rock and heavy metal bands that followed in 1969 and ’70. The single reached No. 3 on Billboard’s pop chart.

    Today, John Kay, the band’s lead singer and the song’s co-writer, performs as John Kay and Steppenwolf to fund the Maue Kay Foundation, which supports wildlife protection and conservation. Mr. Kay, 72, and the recording’s lead guitarist Michael Monarch, 66, recently talked about the... read more

  • May 02 2016 Own to Be Wild!
    The music of Steppenwolf has been an iconic part of motorcycle culture.   Ron Hurst has been the band’s drummer for over 30 years and has lived the musicians’ lifestyle of long road tours playing at venues all over the world with many of them centered around the motorcycling community.  Ron’s passion for riding rivals his passion for music.  He knows how both can inspire and liberate.
     
    Ron created a motorcycle with a retro feel from a 1996 Road King Police Edition.  It’s not flashy or outrageous. It’s a true riders motorcycle with personal touches influenced from his other passion, the music of Steppenwolf.
     
    For over seventeen years, Ron has seen much of the country on his motorcycle with untold stories of beautiful journeys and rides with people from rock’s innermost circle.  Ron has been on several celebrity rides with Jay Leno and peers.  He’s ridden the Trail of Tears and taken his motorcycle to numerous other biker events.  He’s even had his bike parked on stage during Steppenwolf concerts. 
     
    One of Ron’s favorite riding buddies is John Giles, the former guitar player for Leon Russell.  John was the creative force behind the stylization of the rear tail light on Ron’s bike.  There’s a host of memorabilia painted on or etched into the motorcycle.  The airbrushed tank artwork... read more

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Welcome to Steppenwolf

In the chaotic world of rock 'n' roll, in which the lifespan of most bands can be measured in terms of a few years or a few months, John Kay and Steppenwolf have emerged as one of rock's most enduring and respected bands, delivering hard-hitting, personally-charged music for almost five decades.

In the late 1960s, Steppenwolf embodied that era's social, political and philosophical restlessness, building an impressive body of edgy, uncompromising rock 'n' roll that retains its emotional resonance more than three decades after the band's formation. Such Steppenwolf standards as "Born to Be Wild," "Magic Carpet Ride," "Rock Me" and "Monster" stand amongst Rock's most indelible anthems.