November 8, 2013 |
How does a novice filmmaker, and a documentary filmmaker at that, get access to some of the world's biggest rock, pop and R&B stars for his inaugural low-budget project? That was relatively easy for Greg Camalier - he just chose a subject all had exceptionally passionate feelings about. In this case, Camalier was able to enlist Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bono, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Gregg Allman and many other veterans to talk about the musical magic that seemed to flow so consistently out of recording studios in rural Muscle Shoals, Ala., the subject of his documentary, “Muscle Shoals.” Camalier spoke with me about his 3½-year odyssey making “Muscle Shoals” on Thursday after a screening in Santa Monica that was part of the Los Angeles Times' Envelope Independent screening series . PHOTOS: Holiday movie sneaks 2013 Born and raised in the Washington-Virginia region, Camalier said he became inspired to try filmmaking while on a road trip helping a friend move from New York to New Mexico, during which they decided to explore the geography and culture of the south by traveling many of its back roads.
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October 11, 2010 |
Solomon Burke, a pioneering singer-songwriter of so-called sweet soul music whose powerful ballads in the 1960s were a major influence on a generation of rock, R&B and pop vocalists, has died. He was in his early 70s. Burke died early Sunday morning of natural causes at an Amsterdam airport, his family announced on his website . He had flown there from Los Angeles for a concert. "He was the founding father of what was defined as soul music in America in the 1960s. He was a major player," Tom Reed, author of the 1992 book "The Black Music History of Los Angeles: Its Roots," told The Times on Sunday.
August 11, 1992 |
The California Department of Real Estate is seeking to suspend or shut down Allstate Home Loans Inc., a mortgage loan brokerage in Sherman Oaks, after alleging that Allstate has defrauded private investors of at least $306,000. In a complaint filed last month, the agency accused Allstate Home Loans and its owner, Jerry Wexler, of improper record-keeping, misrepresentation and fraudulently converting money that should have been returned to investors.
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August 16, 2008 |
Jerry Wexler, the influential Atlantic Records producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" before helping shape that sound into one of the most powerful musical forces of the 1950s and '60s, died Friday morning at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He was 91. Wexler had suffered in recent years from congenital heart disease, said David Ritz, who was the co-author of Wexler's 1993 autobiography "Rhythm and the Blues: A Life in American Music."
November 1, 1992 |
* 1/2 Etta James, "The Right Time," Elektra. In terms of tunes, James makes the right choices. Just the thought of this bawdy belter tearing into Al Green's "Love and Happiness" or Z.Z. Hill's "Down Home Blues" is enough to make a true blues lover salivate. So how did this record end up so dry and dull? Producer Jerry Wexler fails to coax James into having much fun. The right time? Just marking time is more like it.