| May 31, 2008
Watching footage of Janis Joplin at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, you can see why Mama Cass, sitting in the crowd, keeps shaking her head. There's Janis, decked out in full gold lamé and tiny mules, shaking and snarling her way through...
| Jun 15, 2008
FILM, TV and Broadway star Betty Buckley moved back to the ranch in Texas nearly five years ago. She appears in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening." She has recently released two CDs, including an archival recording, "1967," which was engineered by T...
| Jun 22, 2008
When pondering the West -- that unwieldy stretch of U.S. soil from Texas to the Pacific Northwest -- travelers tend to flash on archetypes -- the Golden Gate Bridge, Disneyland, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Hollywood, Monument Valley, Vegas, the Alamo,...
| Jun 29, 2008
THE STAR-MAKING machine in Nashville does a lot of things well, but nurturing musicians who work outside the box isn't one of them. In the 1950s, Buddy Holly was rebuffed when he first recorded there, and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings spent most of...
| Jul 7, 2008
In the summer of 1993, everything seemed to be going the Gits' way. Bypassed in the initial wave of interest in Seattle's grunge bands, the punk quartet was close to signing with a major label and had begun recording its second album. But on July 7, after...
| Jul 16, 2008
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The razing of Shea Stadium later this year marks the end of an era for baseball fans, but it's also closing the door on a chapter of pop music history that began in 1965 when the Beatles became the first pop group to play a concert at a U.S. sports...
| Jan 1, 2008
The pop world has focused for so long on the remarkably sensual energy and excitement of Ike & Tina Turner's old live show that it is often easy to forget the duo also made some dynamic records. But even if you have wanted to go back and check up on the...
| Oct 12, 2009
Hilburn, former pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times, is author of "Corn Flakes With John Lennon (and Other Tales From a Rock 'n' Roll Life)." An excerpt in Sunday Calendar recalled his relationship with Lennon after the Beatles' breakup. In today's...
| 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...
| Jul 11, 2009
Tom Wilkes, a Grammy Award-winning art director and album cover designer whose work included albums for the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Neil Young and other music legends, has died. He was 69.
Wilkes, who was diagnosed with a form of amyotrophic...
| Jan 31, 2010
It's a bittersweet experience, chasing down hippie history in San Francisco. But at least the geography is simple.
You begin with Haight-Ashbury, the neighborhood just east of Golden Gate Park that was a focal point when rebellious young people...