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  • Duane Eddy tops Deke Dickerson's Guitar Geek Festival

     
    The influential rock guitarist leads a lineup in Anaheim that also includes 'Honeyboy' Edwards. One of the musical highlights in recent years of the National Assn. of Music Merchants’annual trade show, now under way in Anaheim, has been Deke Dickersonâ€...
  • Django Reinhardt: The original Guitar Hero?

     
    Saturday marks what would have been the 100th birthday of guitarist Django Reinhardt, and one thing the Gypsy jazz innovator is often credited with is helping elevate the guitar from a supporting role to a lead player in his vibrant......
  • 2010 Grammy Awards live!

     
    Pop & Hiss live-blogged the 2010 Grammy Awards -- typos and all! 8:30 p.m. The Grammy Awards took a bet on youth in 2010, giving its top prize to country star Taylor Swift. The 20-year-old won four Grammys, including album......
  • How music became an industry: on 'Selling Sounds'

     
    Among the fascinating examples of early music-industry advertising reproduced in "Selling Sounds," the most striking is a 1913 image that pairs a photograph of legendary tenor Enrico Caruso, costumed for "Aida," with one of his Victor Red Seal recordings....
  • Quest for the perfect guitar

     
    It may not be an Arthurian tale of Sir Percival in pursuit of the Holy Grail, but Tony Bacon???s "Million Dollar Les Paul" (Jawbone: 288 pp., $19.95 paper) is still about a romantic quest. The object of his interest? The......
  • Who will be crowned 'King of the Blues'?

     
    Who knows what kind of deal with the devil the top five contestants in the Guitar Center-sponsored 'King of the Blues' contest have rigged up, but who wouldn't sell their soul for a title like that? Not to mention the $25,000 in cash, a reissue of a...
  • T. Rex's Marc Bolan, always famous -- and flamboyant

    T. Rex's Marc Bolan, always famous -- and flamboyant
    It was Aug. 11, 1973, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Onstage was Marc Bolan, the enigmatic singer of T. Rex, in a shiny purple jumpsuit unzipped to his navel, wailing on a Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar. A halo of bushy hair swung around his face,...
  • Runner-up 3

    "Dodger Stadium?" the gray-haired cabbie said. "The freeways are gonna be packed." "Use Sunset," Palmieri said. "It'll take us straight down." Palmieri had never heard of a cabbie complain about taking the scenic route on the Strip. It was time to dial...
  • Fire risk is part of life in Twin Lakes, say residents of canyon near Porter Ranch

    Fire risk is part of life in Twin Lakes, say residents of canyon near Porter Ranch
    October in Twin Lakes is the season Anna Cox backs her car into the driveway so she can escape quickly. Santa Anas come out of the passes hard there, and in the 23 years she's lived in the canyon, fire has strafed her community too many times to...
  • Les Paul dies at 94; guitarist whose innovations paved the way for rock 'n' roll

    Les Paul dies at 94; guitarist whose innovations paved the way for rock 'n' roll
    Les Paul was often called rock royalty, but for the people who knew the man before his death Thursday at age 94, that term often inspired a gentle chuckle. Born in Wisconsin in 1915, Paul was a Midwestern jazz man who went on to make high-polish 1950s...
  • Buell's off-road life of rock 'n' roll thunder

    In the '70s, Erik Buell was an AMA superbike racer. In the '80s, he added Harley-Davidson engineer and Buell Motorcycles founder to his resume. Now, the Buell chairman and chief technical officer is fronting the Thunderbolts rock band and designing a line...