| 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 26, 2008
GOOD OL' Will Shakespeare never got to see his plays performed under the gorgeous Southern California sun. If he were to, he might be taken aback by the number of outdoor festivals held in his honor. This summer, nearly 20 companies from Santa Barbara...
| 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...
| Sep 23, 2009
Robert Ginty, a versatile actor who starred in the 1980 film "The Exterminator" and built a varied career as a producer, director and actor in film, television and the stage, has died. He was 60.
Ginty died Monday at his home in Los Angeles, said Michael...
| 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...
| Dec 24, 2009
James Gurley, a virtuoso guitarist with Big Brother & the Holding Company, the psychedelic rock band that launched Janis Joplin to stardom, died Sunday, two days before his 70th birthday.
Gurley was pronounced dead at a Palm Springs hospital after...
| 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...