| Nov 3, 2009
| 4:34 PM
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...
| Aug 10, 2008
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,...
| Oct 15, 2008
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...
| Apr 20, 2008
"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...
| Jun 8, 2008
THERE'S something about Jimi Hendrix's confident grin -- so ingenuous and inviting -- that disarms the observer and plays against stereotype, as do so many of the images in "Hendrix Revealed," a new exhibit of Hendrix photographs that opened May 29 and...
| Jul 11, 2008
The gig: President and co-founder of Paul Frank Industries Inc., a clothing and accessories company based in a former school building in Costa Mesa. The private company, which has about 100 employees, puts a host of eccentric characters on products as...
| Oct 11, 2009
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 1959 sunburst Les Paul electric...
| Jun 25, 2009
And in the beginning, there was no recorded sound. For millennia, music lovers had to play songs for each other in order to hear their favorite music. Because of this, perhaps -- as Greg Milner points out in his exhaustive, technically precise and...
| Aug 13, 2009
| 10:28 AM
| Aug 14, 2009
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...