Steppenwolf 50th Anniversary- John Kay

Steppenwolf should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame if only for, in early 1968, introducing the world to the term and sound “…heavy metal thunder” in the song “Born to Be Wild“. That and other iconic songs  “Magic Carpet Ride”,”The Pusher”,”Rock Me”,”Move Over”, Hoyt Axton‘s “Snowblind Friend” were all recorded in rapid succession from 1968 to 1971 by Steppenwolf (  named after the Hermann Hesse novel ), led by Communist East Germany-via-Canada exile John Kay (born Joachim Krauledat) whose real life story, as you will hear in this Medium Rare interview, beats any Hollywood back lot fable.- Redbeard