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Interview: John Kay

For over four decades, one of the best ways to "get your motor running" when you're "looking for adventure" is to crank up "Born to Be Wild" on the stereo, the timeless first hit single from the band Steppenwolf. The voice that calls you to action in that song is that of singer John Kay. Steppenwolf went on to have other hits in the late '60's and early '70's, including "Magic Carpet Ride" and "Rock Me", and their music has been used in seemingly countless movies and TV shows starting with Easy Rider, which featured "Born to Be Wild" and "The Pusher". The band broke up in 1972, but has been active off and on since then in various incarnations. In addition to musical pursuits, Kay and his wife Jutta devote much of their energy these days to the Maue Kay Foundation, which works to protect wildlife, the environment, and human rights. This interview is for John Kay's concert on 1/30/15 at SOhO in Santa Barbara; also performing is The Dirty Knobs, a band which features Tom Petty's longtime guitarist Mike Campbell. (An earlier interview with Mike Campbell is here.) It was done by phone on 1/15/15. (Jutta Maue-Kay photo)

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