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November 27, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Lenny Kravitz has been tapped to star as soul singer Marvin Gaye in an upcoming biopic, according to reports. The film is the first lead role for Kravitz, who has played supporting roles in "The Hunger Games," “Precious” and the forthcoming White House drama “The Butler.” According to Deadline , the biopic will focus on the early 1980s when the Motown legend was in Europe attempting to curb his addictions and reignite his career...
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May 3, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Sigur Rós members are adding themselves to the long list of musicians who have gotten drawn into the crazy world of “The Simpsons.” The Icelandic art rock outfit will guest star in and compose music for the long-running animated Fox sitcom. In the episode, one of two airing May 19 as the season finale, Carl - Homer's affable bestie whose are-they-aren't-they friendship with Lenny is among the show's countless inside jokes - will run off to his native home of Iceland with the lottery winnings he was supposed to split with Homer, Lenny and Moe. Expect hijinks, plenty of jokes about Carl's African-Icelandic roots and a run-in with the famous band who hails from the capital, Reykjavík.
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April 7, 1991 | RICHARD CROMELIN
One of the songs on Lenny Kravitz's second album is titled "It Ain't Over Til It's Over," but it's another Yogi Berra pronouncement that seems more apropos: It's deja vu all over again. Those who were waiting for the pop upstart to shed the cocoon of his influences and take flight as an inventive pop alchemist will have to wait a little longer.
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November 27, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Lenny Kravitz has been tapped to star as soul singer Marvin Gaye in an upcoming biopic, according to reports. The film is the first lead role for Kravitz, who has played supporting roles in "The Hunger Games," “Precious” and the forthcoming White House drama “The Butler.” According to Deadline , the biopic will focus on the early 1980s when the Motown legend was in Europe attempting to curb his addictions and reignite his career...
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September 27, 1989 | DENNIS HUNT, Times Staff Writer
"Excuse me, Mr. Bonet. . . ." That's the way someone mistakenly addressed singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz, who's been married to actress Lisa Bonet of TV's "The Cosby Show" for nearly two years. "Hell no, I don't like that kind of thing," snapped Kravitz, leaning back in his chair as the waiter served him an order of pasta during lunch last week. But his mood immediately softened. "I know why it happens. She's famous and I'm not--yet."
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August 29, 2002 | MARC WEINGARTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the past 13 years, Lenny Kravitz has striven to maintain the core values of classic rock for an audience that longs to keep the Promethean flame of the late '60s and early '70s alive. His 1989 debut album, "Let Love Rule," paid gentle homage to his rock heroes without overtly aping them, but over time the once-promising musician has turned into a fake nostalgia act.
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January 21, 2006 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Ben Sidran's appearance Thursday at the Skirball Center was titled "Jews, Music and the American Dream" and billed as a "concert with commentary." It was all that, and more. In fact, what might initially have appeared to be an intriguing, if not especially mesmerizing, social-science seminar turned out to be something closer to jazz, more like a spontaneous improvisation on a theme. Sidran is a well-regarded music world multi-hyphenate: jazz pianist, producer, songwriter, educator and author.
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October 21, 1993 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Groovy, Neato, Farout & Kravitz could be a law firm. Or they could be some of the adjectives that follow Lenny Kravitz around like a peace sign on a Volkswagen bus. Kravitz comes across as something of a flower child of the '60s stuck in the '90s. He'll be appearing with Blind Melon Friday night at the tree-lined, totally uphill Santa Barbara County Bowl's last show of 1993. It's sold out. After years of hearing heartfelt heckling, he's tougher than a Velcro paisley shirt.
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May 11, 2000 | MARC WEINGARTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
By all rights, Lenny Kravitz shouldn't be a star. Think about it: How many African American, classic-rock-worshiping fashion plates are ripping up the pop charts these days? Kravitz, whose last album, "5," has sold close to 3 million copies, is the exception to the rule. His career longevity and consistent sales are an anomaly at a time when record buyers binge and purge on pop music at an alarmingly rapid rate.
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October 23, 1993 | CHRIS WILLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Outside UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night, the crowds being searched for contraband looked as if they were assembling for a "Dazed and Confused II" casting call. And it was clear who the queues took their cues from. Once inside, they cheered on Lenny Kravitz and band, who themselves looked--as one observer said--as if they might be auditioning for "The Grand Funk Story."
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March 6, 2012
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January 11, 2012
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Empire Polo Grounds Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival with the Black Keys, Radiohead and Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, April 13-15 and 20-22 (Fri.) Gibson Amphitheatre Foster the People, July 1 (Thurs.) Hollywood Palladium Snow Patrol, May 8 (Fri.) The Music Box The Joy Formidable, March 14 (Thurs.); Lucero, March 21; Delta Spirit, May 11 (Fri.) Nokia Theatre Martina McBride, Feb. 14; Lenny Kravitz, Feb. 16; KTWV The Wave's 25th Anniversary show with Toni Braxton, Feb. 19 (Fri.)
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December 13, 2011
Today Christopher Plummer; Thomas Haden Church; Colin Ford; Maggie Elizabeth Jones. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Alicia Keys; chef Mario Batali. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly Kevin Jonas; Michelle Pfeiffer; Anthony Hamilton performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Jon Huntsman Jr.; Marlo Thomas; Dylan Lauren. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett; David Letterman; Andy Cohen; Michael Emerson. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Doctors Health concerns that go unchecked; suicide; when it is time to visit the emergency room.
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March 26, 2010 | By Mark Sachs
Musician Lenny Kravitz got an opportunity to stretch some new muscles as Nurse John in the double-Oscar-winner "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," now out on DVD and Blu-ray. But acting isn't foreign to him. "Even when I'm recording music, I think in terms of characters as I'm playing the different instruments," he said. "It might be this skinny little English dude on drums. But it's all my vision. In acting, you're essentially carrying out the director's vision, and it was my job to interpret what he was trying to do with the character.
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January 21, 2006 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Ben Sidran's appearance Thursday at the Skirball Center was titled "Jews, Music and the American Dream" and billed as a "concert with commentary." It was all that, and more. In fact, what might initially have appeared to be an intriguing, if not especially mesmerizing, social-science seminar turned out to be something closer to jazz, more like a spontaneous improvisation on a theme. Sidran is a well-regarded music world multi-hyphenate: jazz pianist, producer, songwriter, educator and author.
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May 23, 2004 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Given the depressed state of the music business, why would anyone with a history inside that world want to start a label? Ask Lenny Kravitz. The veteran musician, who turns 40 on Wednesday, has struck a deal with Warner Bros. Records to launch a joint-venture label, Roxie Records. Named for Kravitz's mother, actress Roxie Roker (who died in 1995 from breast cancer), the company will operate from his Miami home and will debut with "...
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September 3, 1995 | Lorraine Ali, Lorraine Ali writes about pop music for Calendar. and
Is rock 'n' roll dead, or will it never die? Retro king Lenny Kravitz and ageless rocker Neil Young loosely debate the point in new videos--and guess who wins? Kravitz, looking like your quintessential rock star in his leather pants and double-pierced nose, complains that many musicians now substitute Angst for good music. Young, who looks like your quintessential gas station attendant, hails the return of raw vibrancy to rock.
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November 14, 1993 | STEVE HOCHMAN, Steve Hochman writes about pop music for Calendar
This may be the age of alienation and rage in rock, but Lenny Kravitz is riding high as the peace and love candidate. His dreadlocks and nose-ring are pure '90s, but his trademark bell-bottoms and boots are more redolent of "Good Times" than "Beavis and Butt-head." While lots of pop musicians have affected the retro '60s-'70s look as a joke, Kravitz is dead serious about it. "People say, 'Oh, he's stuck in the past' and this and that," he snaps backstage before a recent Pauley Pavilion concert.
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August 29, 2002 | MARC WEINGARTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the past 13 years, Lenny Kravitz has striven to maintain the core values of classic rock for an audience that longs to keep the Promethean flame of the late '60s and early '70s alive. His 1989 debut album, "Let Love Rule," paid gentle homage to his rock heroes without overtly aping them, but over time the once-promising musician has turned into a fake nostalgia act.
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