September 25, 2005
Although I enjoyed Monica Parcell's piece on cooking versus baking, I was struck by her comment that the Germans "have the most magnificent pastry-making tradition in the world" ("Elvis Vs. the Beatles," Style, Sept. 11). In my experience, the best strudel is Austrian and the best baked goods are French. (And I'll take the Beatles.) Roxane Winkler Sherman Oaks
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February 28, 1988
Thank you CBS, NBC and ABC for showing "Windmills of the Gods," "Rambo: First Blood, Part 2" and "Elvis and Me" opposite one another at 9 p.m. on Feb. 7. Which one did I watch? None of them. I decided not to worry about which to watch and read a book instead. That's what I will continue to do. Thanks again! Evelyn L. Teeling, Los Angeles
November 22, 1987
I'm confused. What's rock 'n' roll anyway? When does it begin and when does it end? Is a fat Elvis doing Vegas rock 'n' roll? If and when Springsteen decides to do "Hollywood Squares," would that be a rock 'n' roll statement? Is Yoko Ono a rock 'n' roll beginner or the definitive figure? Do journalists really need yet another label for popular music? Unpopular music? PAM BATON Palos Verdes
September 3, 2010
The warm and charming "White Wedding" is like "The Hangover" off steroids. It's another get-me-to-the-church-on-time obstacle course but filled with smart social commentary, romantic wisdom, credible complications and memorable characters. Along the way, director Jann Turner (who co-wrote the script with the film's co-leads Kenneth Nkosi and Rapulana Seiphemo) provides an absorbing physical and cultural snapshot of contemporary South Africa that deepens but never burdens this buoyant, energetic effort.
September 19, 1999
Someone should tell Billy Blanks' kid that her father is simply a charismatic man with business savvy who just happened to develop a kick-ass way to work out ("Elvis Has Just Entered the Building," by Dave Gardetta, Aug. 15). I was floored to read 25-year-old Shellie's comment: "I truly believe in my heart that God has a path for him, and that path is on the level of Arnold Schwarzenegger's." Is she just incredibly arrogant, or is her God really that petty? One has to wonder where she gets her spiritual inspiration from, a Bible or the Calendar section.
June 9, 1987 |
Moving from New York to Los Angeles can have certain advantages when you're a musician. You can turn the trip into a tour, as Peter Holsapple--the lead singer of the dB's--did in recent weeks, turning his coast-to-coast sojourn into a solo club jaunt across America.
August 10, 1997
Even as a dyed-in-the-wool true-blue Nixon hater, I found Bob Gunton's description of how he prepared to audition for the role of Richard M. Nixon in "Elvis Meets Nixon"--a film I have no present intention of viewing--a fascinating account of how a real pro goes about his/her business ("Nixon? Moi?" Aug. 3). Yet, despite my personal revulsion at the Nixon persona, I would, in retrospect, have gladly traded in the widely beloved Ronnie Reagan for Tricky Dick during the disastrous '80s, Watergate notwithstanding.
April 5, 2008
Here's what readers had to say about Mariah's milestone: Quite funny. The Beatles did it in 7 years. No one will ever top that! -- Ed C. -- Mariah and Madonna could never surpass the King if Billboard would give credit to him for his real chart toppers. They did not begin listing all his No. 1s until later and not from the beginning of his career. -- Mozart -- Wow, what [an] utter waste of creative potential. A truly gifted vocalist, who relegated her talent to pure commercialism.
September 3, 1995
You don't kick Ernie Banks out of the Baseball Hall of Fame because he wasn't Stan Musial ("Why It's a Rock(y) Hall of Fame," by Robert Hilburn, Aug. 27). Why kick Bill Haley out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because he wasn't Little Richard? Cooperstown isn't Babe Ruth and 10 other guys. Cleveland shouldn't be Elvis and 10 other guys. MICHAEL HELWIG Canoga Park Hilburn questions if Duane Eddy should be treated as an equal of the Beatles. At least two of the Beatles seem to think so: Both George Harrison and Paul McCartney joined Eddy on his 1987 Capitol album.