‘Tremendous’ addition to collection
The article about Linda Ronstadt and the group she has supported and accompanied to Mexico was just wonderful [“Border Unity,” March 11]. It led me to find the song by Jackson Brown with the group, which I immediately downloaded — an excellent message delivered in gorgeous harmony backed by wonderful folk instruments — tremendous.
Any group of people that has garnered the attention of Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal and David Hidalgo has got to be quality in every way — it’s like a gathering of my treasured faves. I donated today.
Gary M. Stewart
Afterthoughts on king of pop
Regarding: “What to Do With His Music?” by Mikael Wood [March 8]:
While being horrified and repulsed by Michael Jackson’s alleged crimes, it might be useful to reflect that he was himself a victim. A victim of the legacy of inhumane black slavery and of racial discrimination and diminishment that probably led him to reject the color of his skin and his racial looks to mutate himself into a bizarre, grotesquely effeminate white person.
I’m done listening to Jackson’s repertoire, with one early exception: “Billie Jean,” his 1983 chart-topper. It was the last 45 RPM record I bought. I plan to keep it as the only Jackson recording I’ll ever own.
Keeping politics out of discussion
Regarding “The New Group Thing? He’s Adamant About it” [March 8]: Congratulations to [singer and guitarist] Daron Malakian for refusing to allow Mikael Wood to browbeat him into the political corner of the interviewer’s choosing and paint Malakian’s words into the political spin.
Guilty of crime? Serve the time
Regarding “Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin’s Projects Under Scrutiny Amid College Cheating Scandal” by Ashley Lee [March 12] and more coverage of the college cheating scandal: Having paid my own way through college by working full-time, I find this reprehensible.
I believe that if found guilty, all these parents should go to jail and serve at least two years each. Maybe they can “play to pay” in starring roles in a new reality-based show called “Desperate Parents” or “Jailhouse Rocks.” Proceeds could benefit underprivileged students.
Can’t wait for a swell season
Just a quick comment on the letter about the Ahmanson schedule next year [“Calendar Feedback,” March 10]. I am thrilled that Sting is bringing “The Last Ship” to L.A. I was so sad that it closed before I could see it in New York. From what I understand, the book was rewritten, and it’s done really well in Britain. Also, I’m excited for the Matthew Bourne addition because I like dance.
It’s really a riches-to-riches story
Regarding “Jenner a New Billionaire” [March 6]: I’m sorry, but could someone please explain to me how Kylie Jenner is a “self-made” billionaire?
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