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June 5, 1992 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It wasn't fond memories of the popular board game that inspired singer-songwriter James McMurtry to write the title song of his soon-to-be-released second album, "Candyland." "Everybody told me about that after I wrote the song," he said. "I never played the game. I'm 30, and I guess the Candyland phase must have faded by the time I came along." Nor did he write it about his experiences as a relatively new father.
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July 21, 2008 | Geoffrey Himes, Special to The Times
For a long time, James McMurtry was skeptical of the whole notion that songs could be described as literary. He figured it was just a label that journalists stuck on him because his father was the novelist Larry McMurtry, author of "Lonesome Dove" and "The Last Picture Show." But when the younger McMurtry heard his fellow Texan Steve Earle describe songs as "literature you can digest while driving," it made sense. It also allowed him to think of his own writing as a job not unlike his dad's.
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July 21, 2008 | Geoffrey Himes, Special to The Times
For a long time, James McMurtry was skeptical of the whole notion that songs could be described as literary. He figured it was just a label that journalists stuck on him because his father was the novelist Larry McMurtry, author of "Lonesome Dove" and "The Last Picture Show." But when the younger McMurtry heard his fellow Texan Steve Earle describe songs as "literature you can digest while driving," it made sense. It also allowed him to think of his own writing as a job not unlike his dad's.
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February 22, 1996 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Someone posted a copy of the Grammy Awards nominations inside the CalArts film school office. Otherwise, a few more weeks might have passed before Gregory E. Connor and his classmates heard the news. "I walked back into the office after Christmas vacation and the secretary congratulated me," Connor recalled. "I said, 'What for?' " Connor and eight other students from the Valencia arts institute had, unbeknownst to them, been nominated for a Grammy in the long-form video category.
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September 27, 1989 | ROBERT HILBURN
JAMES McMURTRY "Too Long in the Wasteland." Columbia Most of McMurtry's tales of small-town aspirations and values--lost and found--have been told before, but he brings a conviction and poetic freshness to the best of these 11 songs that makes this an especially promising debut. The Texan sings in an understated, almost monotone delivery that is as dry and unbending as the flatlands of his native state.
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May 7, 1989 | ROBERT HILBURN
It is unusual for a recording artist to begin an interview by mentioning someone else's music, especially when he's got his own new album to promote. But this is an unusual time for John Cougar Mellencamp. "I just made a record with a kid named James McMurtry," the 37-year-old rock singer said even before the first question was asked in a Beverly Hills hotel. McMurtry is the son of novelist Larry McMurtry, a long-time friend of Mellencamp. "And you've got to understand that the last thing I want to do is go into the studio and work on someone else's record.
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September 27, 1989
Traveling eastbound on the Santa Monica Freeway at around 7:15 a.m., Sept. 15, I witnessed a somewhat remarkable occurrence. Trotting along the divider, during rush hour traffic, was a frightened young dog. How does a dog get in the middle of a major freeway? How long had the dog been there? I saw this dog and I was concerned, yet I did not stop. God forbid I should be late for work. One person pulled over to the shoulder--a young man driving a somewhat banged-up brown Datsun.
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February 22, 1996 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Someone posted a copy of the Grammy Awards nominations inside the CalArts film school office. Otherwise, a few more weeks might have passed before Gregory E. Connor and his classmates heard the news. "I walked back into the office after Christmas vacation and the secretary congratulated me," Connor recalled. "I said, 'What for?' " Connor and eight other students from the Valencia arts institute had, unbeknownst to them, been nominated for a Grammy in the long-form video category.
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August 26, 1990 | From Pat H. Broeske \f7
What makes rock singer John Cougar Mellencamp think he can star in as well as direct his first feature? "He can do it because this is a real movie, about real life," says manager Harry Sandler, who's producing "Souvenirs" (working title). Mellencamp, who's directed several rock videos, "wouldn't be taking this on if he didn't think he could do it." Now filming in Seymour, Ind.
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September 4, 1997 | JERRY CROWE
Mexican pop star Luis Miguel, right, has added a fifth show to his Universal Amphitheatre engagement. Tickets for the Sept. 22 date go on sale Sunday. . . . Morrissey will be at the Greek Theatre on Oct. 12. Tickets go on sale Saturday. . . . Available today: Gene Loves Jezebel, Sept. 30 at the Troubadour; Mother Hips, Oct. 11 at the Troubadour; and Supersuckers, Oct. 16 at the Whisky. . . . On sale Saturday: Tonic, Oct. 9 at the El Rey Theatre; Paul Weller, Oct.
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June 5, 1992 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It wasn't fond memories of the popular board game that inspired singer-songwriter James McMurtry to write the title song of his soon-to-be-released second album, "Candyland." "Everybody told me about that after I wrote the song," he said. "I never played the game. I'm 30, and I guess the Candyland phase must have faded by the time I came along." Nor did he write it about his experiences as a relatively new father.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1989
Traveling eastbound on the Santa Monica Freeway at around 7:15 a.m., Sept. 15, I witnessed a somewhat remarkable occurrence. Trotting along the divider, during rush hour traffic, was a frightened young dog. How does a dog get in the middle of a major freeway? How long had the dog been there? I saw this dog and I was concerned, yet I did not stop. God forbid I should be late for work. One person pulled over to the shoulder--a young man driving a somewhat banged-up brown Datsun.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1989 | ROBERT HILBURN
JAMES McMURTRY "Too Long in the Wasteland." Columbia Most of McMurtry's tales of small-town aspirations and values--lost and found--have been told before, but he brings a conviction and poetic freshness to the best of these 11 songs that makes this an especially promising debut. The Texan sings in an understated, almost monotone delivery that is as dry and unbending as the flatlands of his native state.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 1989 | ROBERT HILBURN
It is unusual for a recording artist to begin an interview by mentioning someone else's music, especially when he's got his own new album to promote. But this is an unusual time for John Cougar Mellencamp. "I just made a record with a kid named James McMurtry," the 37-year-old rock singer said even before the first question was asked in a Beverly Hills hotel. McMurtry is the son of novelist Larry McMurtry, a long-time friend of Mellencamp. "And you've got to understand that the last thing I want to do is go into the studio and work on someone else's record.
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