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Randall Roberts

Randall Roberts is a staff writer covering music, and pens the weekly California Sounds column for the Los Angeles Times. His recent Times series on the geography of L.A. music has explored Sunset Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue. In his career with The Times, Roberts has been music editor and pop music critic. A St. Louis native, he was schooled in the power of sound as a radio and club DJ, and schooled in supply and demand as an indie, punk and electronic buyer at a major Midwest record store.
Mötley Crüe’s long-awaited biopic ‘The Dirt’ readies for its Netflix debut. After #MeToo, do we need it?

Few in the #MeToo era who watch Mötley Crüe in "The Dirt" as they conquers clubs, the Billboard charts and the sexual appetites of many young women would argue that the mid-1980s rock scene wasn’t more debauched than it is today. Is now the best time to celebrate it?

Dick Dale, pioneer of the surf guitar, dies at 81

Musician Dick Dale, who helped pioneer the genre of surf music and battled health problems for decades, died Saturday at age 81.

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