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June 7, 2009 Issue

Letter from the Editor

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.

Letters to the Editor

Your responses to our May 2009 wedding issue.

Sounds Like a Long-Term Plan

The music industry vet talks to Jesse Kornbluth about his recipe for A&R, growing bands and how niche music industry models work in today's market.

Spin City

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.

Turn It Up

Jack White

Nic Harcourt gets the musician talking about his band the Dead Weather, label Third Man Records, life in Nashville, and the guitar skills of Jimmy Page and The Edge.

Music to My Eyes

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.

Harmonic Convergence

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 McCartney—plugging a Fen­der bass into an amp to play along to records.

Joni on Point

Read Nic Harcourt's interview with Joni Mitchell, in which the latter discusses her provocative ballet, The Fiddle and the Drum, as well as the '60s and '70s music scene in L.A.

Canyon Jam

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.

Right Here, Right Now

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.

Playlists

Who knew that Neil Diamond digs the Kings of Leon? Or that Beck loves Serge Gainsbourg? Or that Jenny Lewis is into Pavement? See what these musicians have on their personal mix.

Chief Bratton and Jim Wiatt

How the city's police chief and the William Morris Agency's former chairman and CEO have worked together to raise millions of dollars for police programs.

Humor Helps & TED Takes Beverly Hills

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).

Jazz, Baby

The *#@$%! You Say

The hilarious history of Michele Wojciechowski's swearing ways, and her tips on when to let fly and when to tame your F-bombs.

L.A. Story

A chronological breakdown of every major music event in Los Angeles history, from the Philharmonic's first concert in 1919 to Prince's residency at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 2007.

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