| Apr 19, 2012
Dick Clark, the youthful-looking television personality who literally introduced rock 'n' roll to much of the nation on "American Bandstand" and for four decades was the first and last voice many Americans heard each year with his New Year's Eve...
| Apr 8, 2012
As the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival expands from one weekend to two, so do the fashion and music marketing opportunities in Southern California.
Labels such as Levi's, H&M, Lacoste, Armani A|X, Mulberry and Madewell (J. Crew's little sister)...
| Dec 29, 2011
Sean Bonniwell, lead singer and songwriter of the Music Machine, a 1960s Los Angeles band regarded as one of the most original of the garage-punk era, has died. He was 71.
Bonniwell died Dec. 20 of lung cancer at a medical center in Visalia, Calif., said...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 2:24 PM
One of the great left-field surprises of the 1980s pop music scene came with the arrival of Big Daddy, a whimsical band that reimagined hits of the day as they might have sounded had they been recorded in the 1950s.
The conceit was that the group’s...
| May 18, 2012
Bluegrass banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs answered a knock at the door of his Nashville home in 1953 to find an eager-looking banjo enthusiast on the porch asking Scruggs to put a set of his special tuner keys on the young man's instrument.
"He was so...
| Jul 8, 2012
Big Day Coming
Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock
Gotham Books: 362 pp., $18
This is as scintillating as it gets: The opening and closing anecdotes of "Big Day Coming" revolve around typos....
| Oct 12, 2012
| 10:54 AM
When he decided to put together a home movie about highlights of his dad’s life and career, Denny Tedesco did what a lot of children do at some point in their lives.
What distinguished the product of his efforts from the thousands or millions of...
| Oct 13, 2012
| 1:27 PM
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Among the pleas and invectives, yowls and barks coming from Patti Smith on stage at the Wiltern on Friday, the bellowed cries of “free money!” “Gloria!” and “Pussy Riot!&...
| Oct 15, 2012
Who Am I
Harper: 544 pp., $32.50
Pete Townshend has always been rock 'n' roll's reluctant warrior.
The driving force behind the legendary band the Who, Townshend revolutionized rock...
| Jan 19, 2012
Pioneering rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter, drummer, bandleader and disc jockey Johnny Otis made the kind of conscious life choice early on that few people have the inclination, or circumstance, to carry out.
Born white, the son of Greek immigrant...
| Sep 30, 2012
NEW ORLEANS — The cab careened past Washington Square and onto Frenchmen Street. It was close to 10 p.m., and the neighborhood was filled with locals adorned with tattoos, piercings and lots of ragged black accessories.
"The cab drivers call this...