February 26, 2007 |
Most musical legends have a horde of imitators nipping at their legacies, but there will never be a new Leonard Cohen. Sure, a young pretender could copy Cohen's ground-glass growl, or whip out a Bible and some volumes of European poetry and nail his reference points, but the fullness of meaning that Cohen's songs achieve is nearly impossible to emulate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2011 |
Soul songwriter Jerry Ragovoy wrote one of his more famous tunes - "Time Is On My Side," which turned into a massive hit for the Rolling Stones - under the pseudonym of Norman Meade. He was saving his own name for the works he planned to write one day for Broadway. Instead, Ragovoy found his metier in the 1960s as a pop music producer and writer or co-writer of now-classic records that also included "Cry Baby" and "Piece of My Heart. " Both were covered by Janis Joplin, who heavily relied on him to forge her style.
October 25, 1987 |
HEADLINES by Graham Masterton (St. Martin's Press: $18.95; 468 pp.). Romeo and Juliet, Chicago style: "The Polish dance music wafted in through the window. The night was warm. Some things are beyond the grasp of ordinary men, and that evening Harry knew that Morgana Croft Tate was one of them." It's 1949. Morgana Croft Tate is the daughter of newspaper tycoon Howard Croft Tate, liberal counterpart to the Chicago Tribune's Col.
January 26, 2004 |
It might be lonely at the top, as Randy Newman wrote in one of his funniest pieces of cliche-skewering, but it was certainly crowded on the stage of UCLA's Royce Hall on Saturday, where the esteemed singer-songwriter's body of work was treated to a fascinating exploration by a formidable gathering of admirers.
June 26, 2007 |
Many of singer Nick Lowe's peers dye their hair or squeeze into clothes better suited for their children. Lowe has a shock of white hair and titles his latest CD "At My Age." He's 58 and not afraid to admit it. The simple act of not fighting the passage of time led Lowe to a surprising second stage for a career that flowered during the first punk rock generation. Lowe frequently sings from the perspective of a man who's lived a life and learned its lessons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1998 |
A national survey of 2,000 women who attend conservative evangelical churches reports that despite church condemnation of sex outside marriage, 17% of the never-married and 31% of the divorced say they are sexually active. "Christians are not unresponsive, sexually inhibited and unhappy, as many believe them to be," wrote the Southern California authors of a new book built around the survey, "Secrets of Eve, Understanding the Mystery of Female Sexuality" (Word Publishing).