November 23, 1986 |
"FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT." Jennifer Warnes. Cypress. Warnes is best known for her Grammy- winning duet with Joe Cocker on "Up Where We Belong," but that Vegas showstopper is an inaccurate reflection of her talent. In fact, Warnes is a fairly unconventional artist with first-rate taste in material. She proves that much by making her first album for a new label consist exclusively of songs by the great Leonard Cohen.
March 28, 2013 |
Whoever said fame was fleeting had no idea what they were talking about. Just ask Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, Donald Trump, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Jordan or Bill Murray. They've been soaking up the spotlight for years. In fact, not only does fame last longer than Andy Warhol's predicted 15 minutes, true fame often lasts for decades, according to a new study published Thursday in the American Sociological Review . Sociologists in the emergent field of fame and celebrity used a text analysis system called Lydia to examine 2,200 daily newspapers and other periodicals to search for people's names and the context of their appearance in print.
July 31, 1988 |
***THE RAVE-UPS. "The Book of Your Regrets." Epic. ***DANCING HOODS. "Hallelujah Anyway." Relativity. These two emigre L.A. bands--the Rave-Ups from Pittsburgh and Dancing Hoods from Long Island--used to share the same bass player and still share a feisty-yet-marketable rock 'n' roll attitude. Following independent debut LPs, the Rave-Ups have issued their long-delayed major-label debut, while the Hoods are out with another, better heralded indie release.
June 26, 2006 |
Even the traffic gods were smiling I'd like to begin by thanking the couple in the Mercedes parked behind me at the Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday night for allowing me to back up and escape the stacked parking via the row opening up next to us. I'd also like to acknowledge the two blonds in that row who, while waiting for the Acura driver blocking them, set the generous, patient tone of the moment by repeatedly saying, "Life is good!"
June 30, 1994 |
The U.S. government formally announced Wednesday that it has settled its giant fraud case with National Medical Enterprises, but it said it continues a far-reaching investigation into individuals and businesses suspected of accepting kickbacks and bribes from the Santa Monica-based hospital chain.
September 24, 1995 |
Scores of today's most acclaimed musical figures, from U2's Bono and Willie Nelson to Courtney Love and Trent Reznor, have spoken with awe about the music of Leonard Cohen, frequently asking how anyone was able to write in such a deeply personal, unguarded style. But Cohen himself speaks with disarming ease about the songs that have made him such a respected force for the last quarter-century.
June 18, 2013 |
You've seen them but not noticed them. You've heard them but not listened to them. The new documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" shines a spotlight away from center stage over to the world of female backup singers. Directed by Morgan Neville, the film looks most specifically at the lives and careers of six women - Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, Claudia Lennear and Judith Hill - who span generations of music and have worked with a broad spectrum of artists including the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Phil Spector, Stevie Wonder, Sting and Ike and Tina Turner.
April 20, 2013 |
Tom Jones sits in a cozy booth along one wall of a favorite Beverly Hills restaurant. At 72, his curly hair and neatly manicured mustache and goatee are more salt than pepper after his decision to give up black hair dye a few years ago. But Jones appears dapper as usual, ultra-tan and fit in his smart black suit and dark, ribbed crew-neck shirt. The era-spanning entertainer is here to talk about his new album, "Spirit in the Room," coming out Tuesday. His latest work continues a career rejuvenation that kicked off in earnest three years ago with "Praise & Blame," a collection produced by Kings of Leon producer Ethan Johns.
June 30, 2006 |
Movies like "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man" come at you in sections and, more often than not, the sections arrive unevenly sliced. Director Lian Lunson attempts to mold a synthesis of biopic, symposium, concert film and mash note to one of the icons of late 20th century songwriting. The creature that results from such earnest work looks either exotic or distorted, depending on your angle of vision.