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December 1, 1987 | Associated Press
John Soulsby doesn't understand why visitors are so surprised at his collection of jukeboxes. "Many say, 'Wow! You got so many jukeboxes.' And I usually say, 'Hey! How many stamps does a stamp collector have--one?' It's just like stamp collecting--you can't have just one." Soulsby and David Reed, both of Madison Township, have jointly collected 135 of the bulky phonographs that can weigh 300 pounds and more. The collection is stored in a barn.
April 18, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Los Angeles' two greatest cultural disappointments of the past three decades may have been the failure of the Olympic Arts Festival in 1984 to mount director Robert Wilson's eight-hour international operatic epic, "the CIVIL warS" and the Music Center's inadequate support in 2000 of Frank Gehry's grand plan to renovate and urbanize the facility and reshape downtown's civic center in the process. All, though, is not lost. As part of Minimalist Jukebox on Thursday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic reunited those two transformative artistic visions by presenting Philip Glass' contribution to "the CIVIL warS," known as the Rome section, in Gehry's successful contribution to the Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall.
May 21, 1989 | DAVID LUSTIG
Jukebox. The mere mention of the word stirs rose-colored images of '57 Chevys, bobby socks, thick French fries, pompadour haircuts and blue suede shoes. Think about it. Did Little Richard, squealing "Lucille," or Chuck Berry, asking why "Maybellene" just couldn't be true, ever sound better than when booming through an oversize jukebox speaker? No way. And now this gaudy, noisy, overmodulated symbol of 1950s American youth, marking its 100th anniversary this year, is in the midst of a cultural revival.
April 10, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Minimalism, the musical version, has always been a numbers game. It began with extended tones, with beats added and subtracted to phrases at will and with simple rhythms played in and out of phase to create complex patterns. So let's have some numbers for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's extraordinary Green Umbrella marathon Tuesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, part of the orchestra's Minimalist Jukebox Festival. The concert lasted five hours if you count a pre-concert discussion and a pre-concert performance.
November 25, 1988 | RICHARD HARRINGTON, The Washington Post
It's been a long century for the jukebox. Of course, the juke as we know it today is really only in its mid-50s, approaching retirement age. But its prototype was introduced Nov. 23, 1889, at the Palais Royale in San Francisco, and this year is the beginning of the industry's centennial celebration. That primitive machine was actually a coin-operated phonograph with no speakers, four individual listening tubes--and a coin slot for each tube.
August 10, 2006 | Charlie Amter, Special to The Times
WHILE many classic Seeburgs and Wurlitzers have been relegated to collectors' living rooms or, worse, the junkyard, an entirely new generation of digital jukeboxes has quietly taken their place over the last seven years. Companies such as San Francisco-based Ecast and Illinois-based Touch Tunes have been rushing to meet the demand for their Internet-based jukeboxes in bars around the country.
February 1, 1998
HardRadio's Tracy Barnes makes it visibly apparent that he once again is looking to ride the coattails of the inherent credibility of KNAC (Letters, Jan. 25). There are an abundance of music sites like HardRadio that are automated "jukeboxes" in all formats of music. Breaking away from the sterility of such programming and dated technology, the jocks know that KNAC-FM in its true form was not only music but personality and attitude. How much personality and essence can you get from a jukebox?
November 26, 1995
I enjoyed Randy Lewis' "Conducting Beethoven by Mouse" (Nov. 12), including his highly complimentary references to Voyager's acclaimed CD-ROM titles by Robert Winter, who is now president of Calliope Media. There is clearly a place for very low-cost--and, of course, equally low-featured--products to introduce music to desktop audiences. Calliope titles, starting with "Robert Winter's Crazy for Ragtime" to be published in January at 49.95, will have all the entertainment features of the budget titles Lewis referred to in his story, but also the other features he missed.
June 2, 1996 | James Lee Burke, Burke writes about Louisiana homicide detective/bait-shop owner Dave Robicheaux from his Montana home. "Cadillac Jukebox," to be released by Hyperion this month, is the ninth title in the series, inspired by "one Greek tragedy--the story of Orpheus--and modern times--the events in Mississippi involving a civil rights leader's assassination."
The flooded cypress and willow trees were gray-green smudges in the early morning mist at Henderson Swamp. My adopted daughter Alafair sat on the bow of the outboard as I swung it between two floating islands of hyacinths and gave it the gas into the bay. The air was moist and cool and smelled of schooled-up sac-a-lait, or crappie, and gas flares burning in the dampness. When Alafair turned her face into the wind, her long Indian-black hair whipped behind her in a rope.
November 3, 1997 | JENNIFER OLDHAM
Heralding a new era in the convergence of video programming and the Internet, SonicNet will announce today the debut of one of the first sites on the World Wide Web to feature an archive of full-length music videos. SonicNet President Nicholas Butterworth will announce the launch of Streamland--, at the Musicom conference in Beverly Hills. Streamland, sponsored by Levi Strauss, will begin broadcasting Nov. 15.
April 8, 2014 | Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
"This primitivistic music goes on and on," the prescient San Francisco Chronicle music and art critic Alfred Frankenstein wrote in his 1964 review of the premiere of Terry Riley's "In C. " "At times you feel you have never done anything all your life long but listen to this music and as if that is all there is or ever will be, but it is altogether absorbing, exciting, and moving, too," he continued. Saturday afternoon, in a special installation/performance at the Hammer Museum that helped kick off the first full weekend of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Minimalist Jukebox festival, this primitivistic music went on and on for four hours.
March 14, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
MARCH 24 Evgeny Kissin Every recital by this introverted Russian pianist with a godlike touch and the ability to breathe fire onto the keyboard is eagerly anticipated. But his first appearance in Walt Disney Concert Hall was more so than most. On Oct. 28, 2003, Kissin, then 32, had the honor of giving the first solo recital in the new hall, which was five days old. Kissin was back five years later, and it will have been another five for his third Disney recital. Much has changed.
March 8, 2014 | By Reed Johnson
In his classic tome "The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century," critic Alex Ross compares Minimalism to driving a car "across empty desert, the layered repetitions in the music mirroring the changes that the eye perceives - road signs flashing by, a mountain range shifting on the horizon, a pedal point of asphalt underneath. " Think of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Minimalist Jukebox festival, then, as a Mojave roadside diner where the menu changes constantly and there's always some unexpected disc spinning hypnotically on the turntable: John Adams' "Naive and Sentimental Music," Steve Reich's "Vermont Counterpoint" or perhaps "Autobahn," the robotic road-trip chamber work by post-human electro-pioneers Kraftwerk.
September 27, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. As a rule, composers of musicals are happy about any productions anywhere of their work. But Mike Stoller, the surviving half of the fabled songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, is particularly excited about the Pasadena Playhouse's impending revival of "Smokey Joe's Café," the jukebox musical built around more than three dozen of the signature hits he and longtime partner Jerry Leiber cranked out in the 1950s and 1960s.
July 5, 2013 | By Chris Willman
The conflict between mods and rockers, two warring factions of youth culture in Britain circa 1965, previously served as the backdrop for a terrifically gritty film, "Quadrophenia," based on the Who's concept album. Now the same conflict is the milieu for a stage musical, "ModRock," that exudes more sunshine than a decade's worth of London summers combined. If Pete Townshend ever deigned to see this show, you wouldn't blame him for succumbing to a fatal case of hives. The "ModRock" now on view at El Portal in North Hollywood almost plays like "Quadrophenia" reimagined by Walt Disney - and not even the modern iteration of the studio, but the Disney that was making frothy musicals such as "The Happiest Millionaire" in the mid-'60s.
April 10, 2013 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - The songs are among the most popular of the baby boom era - "My Girl," "I Want You Back," "Dancing in the Streets. " They may be the staple of oldies radio; they haven't been part of a big Broadway musical. Now "Motown: The Musical" is about to become this season's big bet on the drawing power of the jukebox. The show will tell the real story that "Dreamgirls" was merely based on: the life of producer Berry Gordy, a onetime boxer who founded the Motown record label and signed some of the decade's biggest R&B stars, including the Supremes, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.
Glenn Streeter is one of those fortunate souls who has managed to turn what he loves into a profitable business. What Streeter loves is jukeboxes. "There's just something about jukeboxes," said Streeter, 48, president of a Torrance company called Antique Apparatus, which manufacturers reproductions of classic 1940s-era jukeboxes--the only U.S. company that does so. "I love the designs and the craftsmanship that went into them. I love the mechanics of them too, the way they work.
September 4, 2000
A disagreement over music at the El Rey de Marciscos restaurant Saturday night in Anaheim snowballed into a shooting that left a 31-year-old Los Angeles man slightly injured, police said. "Apparently this was an altercation that started over a song selection on the jukebox," Anaheim police Sgt. Joe Vargas said Sunday. Vargas didn't know what song provoked the 11:17 p.m. incident.
March 21, 2013 | By Michael Phillips
Some diversions invite comparison more readily than others. Take "The Sapphires," the most chipper film ever set in Vietnam. Already many have taken it, and liked it. If you enjoyed "Strictly Ballroom" or "The Commitments," which is to say if you fell for the slightly pushy charms of those show-business fables (one fantasy Australian, the other Irish, though directed by an Englishman), then chances are you'll go for this true-ish story of an Aborigine singing group entertaining the American troops, enemy fire be damned, in 1968 - like Bob Hope and Raquel Welch, New South Wales division.
December 26, 2012 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
When Bruno Mars made it big a couple of years ago with his debut, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," the impeccably attired singer did it with such conclusive style that you never really thought about the effort he put into his image. In an era of amateur-driven "American"/"Voice"/"Factor" pop, here was a guy who seemed to have appeared fully formed one day: a pompadoured crooner in the tradition of Frankie Lymon, yet remade with modern trimmings that appealed to a crowd raised on X-rated hip-hop and post-everything boy bands.
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