| Mar 24, 2010
| 9:33 PM
I won't kid you. Last night's "Idol" was dull. The judges looked bored, the contestants chose (mostly) boring, played-out songs, and the 7-year-old girl to my right couldn't even sit still for more than a minute as she desperately tried to claw her way...
| Mar 31, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Season 8 Top 24 contender Nick Mitchell cracked us up last week. So much so that we thought he simply must be a guest blogger at some point this season, and the more contestants he can riff on, the better! Fortunately for us, Nick has a week off from...
| Apr 11, 2010
Disco and the Remaking
of American Culture
W.W. Norton: 338 pp., $26.95
Recently, I attended a wedding reception during which a 10-year-old boy, to entertain the adults on the dance floor, started making the point-to-the-sky...
| Mar 25, 2010
| 4:55 PM
Jim Marshall, celebrated in music circles for his iconic, attitude-laced images of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones and other '60s rock luminaries as well as equally revered portraits of Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 4:06 PM
Etta James, the earthy blues and R&B singer whose anguished vocals convinced generations of listeners that she would rather go blind than see her love leave, then communicated her joy upon finding that love at last, died Friday. She was 73.
She died at...
| May 2, 2010
Maybe the recession is really and truly over now. After all, a thousand and one hotel rooms have just bloomed in downtown Los Angeles amid the Kings and conventioneers.
I'm talking about the once-desolate territory just north of interstate 10 and east of...
| Oct 21, 2010
It's a story so revolting and so legendary that it has achieved near mythical status. One night in the 1960s, during a particularly heavy bout of drinking, Jim Morrison stood up and urinated on the long wooden bar at Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood....
| Jul 5, 2011
Jane Scott was a code breaker for the Navy during World War II. She owned a wind-up Victrola. And the first song she ever loved was from the big band era: a Jimmy Rushing hit for Count Basie called "Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today)." So...
| Jul 19, 2011
| 3:58 PM
Soul songwriter Jerry Ragovoy wrote one of his more famous tunes – "Time Is On My Side," which turned into a massive hit for the Rolling Stones — under the pseudonym of Norman Meade.
He was saving his own name for the works he planned to...
| Oct 21, 2011
Barry Feinstein, a photographer who gained renown as one of the premier chroniclers of the 1960s and '70s music scene, including shooting iconic album covers for Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and George Harrison, has died. He was 80.
Feinstein, a longtime...
| May 15, 2011
When it comes to style on "American Idol," this season, all the action has been at the judges' desk.
FOR THE RECORD:
Steven Tyler: In the May 15 Image section, an article about Steven Tyler's fashion sense said the rocker wears...