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Randy Newman has made a career out of melodic skepticism and deadpan rhythm, but he sounded genuinely stunned the other day when he was told that this year is the 25th anniversary of "I Love L.A." "What is that? I don't believe it. I can't believe it. Can...
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During the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, singer-songwriter Joe Henry participated in a panel on the connection between music and the written word. For our summer reading issue, we asked Henry to elaborate on this question and to write about how...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterMike Andrews, the producer of Inara George's new album, "An Invitation," calls it "the father-and-daughter record she never got to make." That might sound strange to students of Los Angeles rock history, who know that the singer's father, Lowell George,...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIN one, a poor woman from the west coast of Ireland flies, to the strains of a lonely Celtic melody, to Graceland to pay homage to Elvis Presley. In another, a British soldier wounded in World War II wanders London, recalling the days when he danced to...
Tags: Culture, London (England), Werner Herzog, England, Poetry
"You Can't Stop the Beat." That's the title of the song that brings down the curtain on the musical "Hairspray." Five years into its Broadway run, Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman's lyrics have taken on a greater meaning. This summer, New Line Cinema's...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIN the early 1950s, a 7-year-old named Loudon Wainwright III came east to Los Angeles and had to practically shade his eyes from the glamour. His journalist father had been made the L.A. bureau chief for Life magazine and the family moved to Beverly...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAFTER months of training, buckets of sweat and countless tasteless energy bars, they're ready -- or hope they are. More than 26,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes will take to the streets Sunday as the Los Angeles Marathon kicks off its 23rd...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterSometimes it's the most profound part of a song, or the moment that interrupts a narrative's confident surface. Often, it's a backing up, a taking stock, a few seconds of reflection, poignant or even painful. The bridge -- also known as the "middle-...
Alex Raskin is an Assistant Editor of the Book ReviewThe freeway has been a favorite metaphor for writers trying to fathom Los Angeles for so long that opinions about this town can be virtually divided into day and night views. The night watchers tend to celebrate its long streams of pale yellow light,...
Tags: Culture, Nancy Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Arts
Lehigh Valley Music presents FESTBLOGAs a performing singer-songwriter, “Deliverance” star Ronny Cox is a great actor. That’s not a criticism. Cox’s voice and guitar playing are very good – studied and nuanced. And for his shows he surrounds himself with a crack...
Several major artists have been announced as additional presenters and performers at the 28th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, taking place April 18 in Los Angeles. Carole King will perform for inductee Lou Adler, John Fogerty and...
GLENDALE — Tracey Weber may be a full-grown adult, but he felt like a little kid when he met Los Angeles Dodgers starting first baseman Adrián González Friday afternoon. “I couldn’t believe it, I was tongue tied,” said Weber,...
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