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April 20, 1986 | BILL STALL
ENERGY UNBOUND: A FABLE FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE by Hunter Lovins, Amory Lovins and Seth Zuckerman (Sierra Club: $17.95). Eunice Bunnyhut, a Dubuque homemaker for 24 years, answers a blind want ad and winds up as U.S. secretary of Energy. The President, it seems, was frustrated with energy policies that didn't work and wanted a layperson to bring some common sense to the snarl of conflicting policies and priorities.
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June 21, 1996 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Why would a rock manager resign at the moment when his band was about to cash in on the most lucrative recording contract of its career? That was the question buzzing through the music industry last month when Jefferson Holt abruptly stepped down as manager of R.E.M., the superstar rock quartet that just completed the last album on its Warner Bros. Records contract and is poised to become the hottest free agent in the music business.
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October 31, 1997 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
R.E.M., arguably the most acclaimed American rock group to emerge in the '80s, disclosed Thursday that drummer Bill Berry has left the band. The remaining members said that they will continue as a trio. Berry, who suffered a brain aneurysm in 1995 but has since toured and recorded with the band, said that his decision is based on personal, not medical reasons. "Physically my brain is in great shape," he said in a phone interview Thursday from the band's headquarters in Athens, Ga.
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December 31, 1993 | ERNEST SANDER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jeff Soldau always wonders what excuse he'll offer if he gets caught: How will he explain the few hundred dollars worth of recording equipment concealed in his pants? * So far, though, he's managed to sneak it in. Concert security guards don't like to frisk intimate areas, he says. Once he's in, Soldau finds his seat, waits for the lights to dim and eases out the tape player from his pants. He takes the end of the microphone cord that runs under his shirt and plugs it into the tape recorder.
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August 25, 1996 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
R.E.M., the hottest free agent in the music business, signed a five-album contract Saturday with Warner Bros. Records worth an estimated $80 million--the largest recording contract ever awarded, sources said. The Grammy-winning band's deal surpassed the $70-million mark achieved seven months ago by pop diva Janet Jackson as well as other mega-deals by such superstars as Michael Jackson and Madonna, whose six-album pacts included film and joint venture record label components.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There are any number of pop-rock singers with greater natural talent than Robyn Hitchcock, although his thin, chesty-nasal voice is sufficient to get the job done, particularly with helpful harmony support from bassist Andy Metcalfe and drummer Morris Windsor, his confederates in Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians. There also are better rock songwriters than Hitchcock, but not many, at least not lately.
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October 24, 1995 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kennedy wins by a landslide when you start tallying the most annoying features of "Rockin' the White House: Four Decades of Presidents and Popular Music," the current exhibit of photos, artifacts and performance clips at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace.
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June 1, 2003 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
Michael Stipe is in such a good mood on this afternoon in the recording studio that he probably wouldn't mind if you gave his shaved head an affectionate noogie. It's a side of him -- and the band -- that you don't normally see in photographs or even on stage, where the earnestness of the music defines the tone. When one of the musicians who'll be accompanying the band on tour this summer hits a wrong note, Stipe laughs so hard that guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills also break up.
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September 8, 1996 | Robert Hilburn, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
A song called "Electrolite" on R.E.M.'s new album, "New Adventures in Hi-Fi," describes the exhilaration of riding along Mulholland Drive and gazing at the beauty of the stars above and, especially, the lights below. The Los Angeles hillside setting makes the narrator feel so special that he identifies with actors who represent to him the essence of glamour and cool: "I'm Steve McQueen . . . I'm Jimmy Dean."
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