Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
Ringo Starr turns 75, with help from musician friends and fans

"The world is a mess," the Eagles' usually jocular guitarist and singer Joe Walsh said‎ during his unusually serious moment at the microphone to wish his rock star pal and brother-in-law Ringo Starr a happy 75th birthday on Tuesday.

"Violence doesn't work," he continued at the event that was as much about nurturing Starr's ongoing "peace and love" campaign as about celebrating the former Beatle's...

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Local music fixture Sammy Winston dies while saving roommates in Echo Park fire

The Echo Park house fire that injured five and killed one on Saturday took the life of a familiar face in the Los Angeles music scene. 

According to reports from survivors of the fire, Sammy Winston died after returning to the building in the 800 block of Alvarado Street in an effort to rescue his roommates. Five people were injured, including a firefighter who responded to the blaze in a converted...

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Rare Leon Russell documentary to screen Wednesday in L.A.

Filmmaker Les Blank created some of the most engaging music documentaries ever during his four decades traveling off the beaten path, capturing Cajun music, zydeco, Tex-Mex and other cross-cultural regional music of the Americas. Yet his first feature-length documentary has remained unreleased for more than 40 years.

Wednesday night’s screening in Los Angeles of “A Poem Is a Naked Person” is made...

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Ringo Starr to mark 75th birthday outside Capitol Records in Hollywood

Ringo Starr will celebrate his 75th birthday on Tuesday with a little help from his friends, including filmmaker David Lynch, Eagles guitarist-songwriter Joe Walsh and musician Edgar Winter, outside Capitol Records in Hollywood.

In addition to the milestone birthday, Starr is presiding over the 10th installment of his annual "Peace & Love" ceremony, in which he invites fans worldwide to utter those...

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Guitar signed by Grateful Dead sold for $526,000

A commemorative guitar signed by the Grateful Dead sold for more than half a million dollars at the band’s final 50th anniversary show Sunday at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Bids for the D'Angelico EX-DC guitar opened at $5,000 at the band’s first Fare Thee Well concert in Santa Clara, Calif., on June 27 (read Times pop critic Randall Roberts’ review of the show here).

Grateful Dead founding member Bob...

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Lil Wayne releases 'Free Weezy Album' on Tidal

"Rest in peace to Cash Money Weezy,” Lil Wayne raps early into his “Free Weezy Album.” “Gone but not forgotten.”

The rapper has yet to resolve the nasty legal battle with his longtime label, Cash Money Records, but he’s continuing to sate fans awaiting his studio album by offering another project, this time a fully realized album in the form of a free mixtape.

Shortened to just “FWA,” the album was...

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