| Jul 12, 2010
| 4:34 PM
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer is reporting that Harvey Pekar, the singular and acerbic voice of underground comics who brought a new autobiographical candor and rhythm to the medium, has died. Here's an excerpt from the obituary by the paper's Joanna...
| Jul 12, 2010
| 9:34 PM
AN APPRECIATION New York artist Dean Haspiel was one of the artists who took the words of Harvey Pekar and brought them to new life within the pages of "American Splendor" as well as in "The Quitter," the pair's acclaimed......
| May 4, 2010
| 4:34 PM
To get a sense of what a strange non sequitur Frank Zappa's "Cruising with Ruben & the Jets" probably was when it was released in 1968, take a look at what was on the charts that year. Competing with Zappa's......
| Apr 25, 2010
Aside from their proximity in age, and the fulsome praise they got for their debut novels, Salvador Plascencia and Michael Jaime-Becerra would appear to have little in common as writers.
Plascencia's "The People of Paper," which was published in 2005...
| May 30, 2010
George Benjamin undertook his first visit to Ojai last January, but in some ways, the trip must have seemed like a homecoming for the celebrated British composer, conductor, pianist and teacher. The freak storms that pounded the normally bucolic...
| Jun 11, 2010
| 4:12 PM
Musician and actor Ahmet Zappa has listed his Hollywood Hills contemporary for $1,165,000.
The one-story house, with mountain, valley and Hollywood sign views, has a courtyard entry leading to the foyer and main living area. The open-plan design...
| Jun 19, 2010
TV producer Nigel Lythgoe has seen some pretty good moves as a judge on "So You Think You Can Dance." Now he has made one of his own.
He listed his Hollywood Hills home at $2,649,000 earlier this year and was in escrow within a month. The sale recently...
| Mar 31, 2011
Punk rock musician
Zoogz Rift, 57, a punk rock musician whose experimental style garnered comparisons with Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa, died March 22 at Encino Hospital of complications from diabetes, said his partner, Laura Rift....
| Apr 1, 2011
Gil Clancy, 88, a boxing trainer who helped lead Emile Griffith to welterweight and middleweight titles, died Thursday at an assisted-living facility on Long Island, N.Y., his family said.
Born in Rockaway Beach, N.Y., in...
| Apr 7, 2011
"You say you want a revolution," John Lennon sang in 1968. "Well, you know, we all want to change the world."
If not all of us, at least plenty of pop stars have, as Dorian Lynskey illustrates in his mammoth "33 Revolutions Per Minute." Starting with...
| Apr 13, 2011
Roger Nichols, the recording engineer who gave the music of Steely Dan the lustrous sheen that became the popular group's sonic signature, died Saturday at his Burbank home after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer, his family said. He was 66....