December 9, 2010
The Recording Academy has chosen Barbra Streisand as its MusiCares person of the year in conjunction with the 2011 Grammy Awards and will salute her musical and philanthropic achievements Feb. 11 with an all-star fundraising dinner and concert featuring Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Barry Manilow, Diana Krall, Kristin Chenoweth and others. Along with such pop, jazz and Broadway veterans, the event also will bring in a new generation of singers, with appearances by cast members from Fox TV's hit series "Glee," including Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Darren Criss.
November 22, 2010
Jim Morrison, the legendary frontman of the iconic L.A. band The Doors, was guilty of a lot of things on the night of his most notorious concert on March 1, 1969: insulting his audience, performing while inebriated and, worst of all, letting drugs, alcohol, fame and his personal demons snuff out his remarkable artistic gifts. But whether he was guilty of the two misdemeanors for which he was later convicted by a Florida jury ? indecent exposure and public profanity ? is another question.
September 30, 2010 |
James Dean died 55 years ago today, killed in a dramatic car wreck east of Paso Robles that became the stuff of legend. He was 24 when he died, and he inadvertently managed to take a lot of my generation with him, creating a cultural template for the risks we should take with our own lives. Had he lived, he'd be 80 in February. I was 13 when I first saw him in the movies, and his films offered me an introductory course in how to be a teenage boy in the 1950s. I saw "Rebel Without a Cause" half a dozen times, mostly because I was studying James Dean ?
April 9, 2010 |
For a band whose short, meteoric career was ignited by the hit "Light My Fire," the first full-fledged documentary about the Doors, "When You're Strange," is distressingly short on creative spark or historical illumination. The calling card of "When You're Strange," directed by Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp, is some previously unseen footage of the band and its magnetic lead singer, Jim Morrison. That includes dramatic live performances from "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1967, a 1968 TV appearance in Copenhagen and shots from the anarchic Florida concert that led to Morrison's conviction of indecent exposure.
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January 7, 2010 |
From 1958 to 1966, the Venice West Cafe served as a gathering place for disciples of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and the other pioneers of the Beat Generation who planted the seeds of L.A.'s counterculture movement. Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for the Doors, recalls the spot as a hangout for post-beatnik intellectuals in dark turtlenecks and jeans, where he and bandmate Jim Morrison, under the influence of LSD, drank espresso and ate croissants while reading Camus and Sartre. Although the style of the building on Dudley Avenue near Ocean Front Walk is listed as "commercial vernacular" and nobody seems to know who designed it, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission is expected to decide today whether to recommend that the site be designated as a city historic-cultural monument.
August 9, 2009 |
Devendra Banhart and Lauren Dukoff walk around the Space 15 Twenty gallery in Hollywood, giggling. Friends since they met at Malibu High School 10 years ago, the pair, who call each other Obi (Banhart's middle name) and Lo, are also artistic collaborators: Dukoff has been photographing the indie folkie-turned-major-label-star since Banhart was spending his afternoons practicing piano in the high school music room. The photos collected in her new book, "Family," offer an intimate glimpse into the lives of Banhart and an ever-widening creative tribe that has formed here in L.A. (An exhibition at Space 15 Twenty, up through Aug. 16, features a selection of the images, along with original artwork by Banhart and others.
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December 8, 2008 |
George Morrison, 89, a retired Navy rear admiral and the father of the late rock icon Jim Morrison, died in a Coronado, Calif., hospital Nov. 17 after a fall. Once the youngest admiral in the Navy, Morrison had a long career that included serving as operations officer aboard the aircraft carrier Midway and commanding the fleet during the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, which led to an escalation of American involvement in Vietnam. The father of three children, Morrison had a falling out with Jim after his son launched his music career with the Doors in the mid-'60s.
May 1, 2008 |
The Sunset Strip is a neon name in the music history of Southern California. Three of the district's backstage legends will be honored during the Sunset Strip Music Festival, a three-day event that will unite the marquees of the Roxy, the Whisky a Go-Go, the House of Blues, the Viper Room, the Key Club and the Cat Club. It kicks off June 26 at the House of Blues with a concert tribute to Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri and Elmer Valentine, impresarios who were key figures in the Strip during its glory years in the 1960s, when Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and the Byrds were making history.
March 16, 2008 |
There's an indiscernible line, as critic Leslie Fielder once wrote, over which an archetype can slip to become a stereotype. One of art's main jobs is to keep pulling such figures back into relevance. Consider the manly man, a character constantly resurrected with a new mustache and set of weapons. In films and television, superheroes, criminals and sheriffs perpetually stalk each other across imagined wastelands, creating order, unraveling it, building it back again. Advertising loves machismo too -- tight abs in Abercrombie.