| Dec 19, 2011
| 4:35 PM
The John Steinbeck Festival in 2012 will be a joint celebration of the author and singer Woody Guthrie....
| Dec 15, 2011
| 4:37 PM
Familiar names like John Williams and Elton John will compete with Trent Reznor, Mary J. Blige, Madonna and Chris Cornell in the Golden Globes musical categories....
| Oct 2, 2011
Singer and songwriter Holly Williams, the granddaughter of country music giant Hank Williams, knew something big was up when Bob Dylan approached her at a gig several years ago and handed her a handful of song lyrics he wanted her to peruse.
| Sep 27, 2011
The volume seemed to be turning up: Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings were moving away from acoustic austerity, growing comfortable rocking out. Their last album, "Soul Journey," saw these Nashville alt-folkies jolting their sound with electricity and a...
| Sep 21, 2011
Born on a mountain farm near Weaverville, N.C., in 1907, Wade Mainer soaked up old songs ringing in the far hills and hollers.
As a professional singer and banjo player, he would introduce that music to audiences throughout the nation and also pass it on...
| Aug 28, 2011
Author and folklorist Stetson Kennedy, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan six decades ago and exposed its secrets but decades later was criticized for appearing to exaggerate his exploits, died Saturday at a medical center near St. Augustine, Fla. He was...
| Aug 2, 2011
| 9:33 PM
National Endowment for the Humanities issues $40 million in grants, including $3.2 million to California museums, scholars and documentary filmmakers. Documentaries win the biggest grants; others sponsor seminars aimed to improve college and secondary...
| Jul 28, 2011
Nicholas Ray faced a roomful of film students. They had come to learn from the director who'd made James Dean an icon in "Rebel Without a Cause" and a gunslinger of Joan Crawford in the distaff western "Johnny Guitar." Ray began a mock exercise in filming...
| Jul 17, 2011
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Paul Malmont: The author of "The Astounding, the Amazing and the Unknown" will read and sign his new novel. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 4 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
| Jun 7, 2011
Rob Young's "Electric Eden" is a rich, overgrown garden of a book. Subtitled "Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music," its ostensible purpose is to chronicle the late 1960s/early 1970s heyday of British folk rock: artists such as Fairport Convention, Nick...
| Jun 6, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Author Rob Young talks about icons and antecedents of the British Folk Movement....