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March 8, 1992 | Richard Cromelin, Cromelin writes about pop music for The Times
Even if you have never stuck a safety pin through your nose, you have felt at least the ripples of the punk explosion. When the Sex Pistols burst upon a horrified public in 1976, these four horsemen of the rock apocalypse seemed more like a barbarian horde than a rock 'n' roll band. As their story unfolds in "England's Dreaming," they were that and more: circus and soap opera, slapstick comedy and true human tragedy.
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November 28, 2007 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
One of the best movies of the year so far, "The Savages" is writer-director Tamara Jenkins' second feature after "Slums of Beverly Hills," which came out a decade ago. If that movie, about a teenage girl's coming-of-age under the guidance of an erratic, unreliable but loving father, was an awakening, this one is a reckoning -- a brutal encounter with mortality told with uncommon humanity, wit and humor.
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November 28, 2007 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
One of the best movies of the year so far, "The Savages" is writer-director Tamara Jenkins' second feature after "Slums of Beverly Hills," which came out a decade ago. If that movie, about a teenage girl's coming-of-age under the guidance of an erratic, unreliable but loving father, was an awakening, this one is a reckoning -- a brutal encounter with mortality told with uncommon humanity, wit and humor.
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April 29, 2007 | Mark Coleman, Mark Coleman is the author of "Playback: From the Victrola to MP3, 100 Years of Music, Machines, and Money."
CONVENTIONAL wisdom has long decreed that modern adolescence was conceived and defined during the 1950s, the heyday of "American Bandstand," amid the post-World War II economic expansion. But in "Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture," Jon Savage argues that the historical moment when adolescence began to be recognized as a separate phase of life came in the late 19th century.
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April 29, 2007 | Mark Coleman, Mark Coleman is the author of "Playback: From the Victrola to MP3, 100 Years of Music, Machines, and Money."
CONVENTIONAL wisdom has long decreed that modern adolescence was conceived and defined during the 1950s, the heyday of "American Bandstand," amid the post-World War II economic expansion. But in "Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture," Jon Savage argues that the historical moment when adolescence began to be recognized as a separate phase of life came in the late 19th century.
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December 31, 2006 | DAVID L. ULIN
DANIEL ALARCON Fiction writer Daniel Alarcon's first book, the story collection "War by Candlelight," was the kind of debut young writers dream about. Praised in newspapers nationwide, the book was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and established Alarcon as a writer to watch.
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October 1, 2000 | VALERIE GUTIERREZ
Artists performing in the closing ceremony, in addition to Midnight Oil, are INXS, Jon Stevens, Savage Garden, Jimmy Barnes and Men At Work, whose signature song "'Down Under" will highlight the show. They will be backed by Aussie performers Kylie Minogue, Yothu Yindi, Christine Anu, Vanessa Amorosi, Slim Dusty, opera singer Yvonne Kenny, John Paul Young and Tommy and Phil Emmanuel. Bringing these sounds into your home is easy.
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January 26, 2007 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
At what point does adolescence end and adulthood begin? In certain urban, socioeconomic, artistic-intellectual American circles, that would be with the sudden, unforeseen onset of middle age, which often fails to manifest until a cataclysmic event -- like the irrevocable slide of an elderly parent into child-like helplessness -- makes it impossible to stave it off any longer.
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December 17, 2007 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
As a countdown toward Christmas, VH1 Classic tonight begins its broadcast of a BBC-sprung series called "Seven Ages of Rock." There is fun to be had for the whole family -- nostalgia for the old folks, inspiration for the young -- assuming your family likes to sit around watching old clips of bands and hearing musicians talk and seeing what they look like now. If not, such a family is my holiday wish for you. There are, to be sure, not actually seven ages of rock. (There are about 136.
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June 1, 2008 | Dennis Lim, Special to The Times
Most rock biopics are in the business of grandiosity and inflation, but "Control" -- Anton Corbijn's spare, laconic portrait of Ian Curtis, the late singer of Manchester post-punk heroes Joy Division -- does quite the opposite: It creates a life-size version of an iconic figure. "Control," which the Weinstein Co. is releasing on DVD on Tuesday, keeps its focus on the man and the milestones in his short life: marriage to teenage sweetheart Deborah, a tedious job at the unemployment office, being diagnosed with epilepsy, fatherhood at a young age and, of course, the startlingly rapid ascent of Joy Division.
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March 8, 1992 | Richard Cromelin, Cromelin writes about pop music for The Times
Even if you have never stuck a safety pin through your nose, you have felt at least the ripples of the punk explosion. When the Sex Pistols burst upon a horrified public in 1976, these four horsemen of the rock apocalypse seemed more like a barbarian horde than a rock 'n' roll band. As their story unfolds in "England's Dreaming," they were that and more: circus and soap opera, slapstick comedy and true human tragedy.
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March 7, 1993 | JONATHAN GOLD, Jonathan Gold is a frequent contributor to Calendar.
Welcome to the great three-ring punk-rock revival, as bright an efflorescence of nostalgia as we've seen since the original '50s revival, or at least since last year's attempted disco thing. Read the books, which seem to consider Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren the most brilliant conceptual artist at least since Duchamp. See the movies: "D.O.A.," "Sid & Nancy," "The Great Rock & Roll Swindle," "Rude Boy," "The Year That Punk Broke."
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