A discussion of this month's issue, which includes Jack White, Joni Mitchell, rock fashion, Laurel Canyon and the burgeoning, globally-influenced and ecletic L.A. indie rock scene.
Just as it did with Guitar Hero, Activision went to the pinnacle of the deejay world for inspiration: One hundred individual artist tracks are featured in DJ Hero, including DJ AM's 80 exclusive mixes.
An in-depth look at the art-director-turned-music-industry-magic-man who greenlit Madonna's career, discovered Fiona Apple, marketed the Police into super stardom and made a-ha's "Take on Me" video an instant classic.
An in-depth account of how the Beatles first met Elvis in Bel Air in 1965. A good time was apparently had by all. Elvis showed off one of his musical pastimes to Lennon and McCartneyplugging a Fender bass into an amp to play along to records.
At his rented house across the street from Rick Rubin, Jonathan Wilson has again made Laurel Canyon into rock 'n' roll haven, with loose jams that include everyone from Elvis Costello and Jenny Lewis to Van Morrison and Wilco.
The perfect storm of global influences, post-Obama acceptance and all-age music clubs is leading Los Angeles into a true indie renaissance, with bands like the Knux, Dengue Fever, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Very Be Careful.
See photos of Keely and Pierce Brosnan, Paul Reiser, Daniel Stern, Kenny G, Billy Crystal and Steve Tisch at recent events for the Malibu Foundation for Youth & Families and TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design).