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Friends, colleagues, fans recall Kim Fowley as brash but loving
Friends, colleagues, fans recall Kim Fowley as brash but loving

Few citizens cut a wider swath across rock 'n' roll Los Angeles than Kim Fowley, who died Thursday at age 75 after a long battle with cancer. The longtime music fixture ran wild through the city starting in the late 1950s, and in that time made friends and enemies alike.  After Fowley's passing, The Times ran two pieces on him: one, a typically comprehensive obituary written by Randy Lewis, which gathered life highlights and put his work in context; and an appreciation, written by me, which attempted to celebrate Fowley while acknowledging some of his more public shortcomings.  Readers lined up to criticize my take, and in hindsight I can understand why. The...

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