February 16, 2008
IT was disheartening to read so much denigration of Amy Winehouse's performance at the Grammys [various articles, Feb. 11]. This is an artist of authentic and incomparable talent, and unlike almost all of the other great ladies who performed at the show, she's the writer as well as the singer of her songs. It's comforting, however, to recall that countless classic musical artists, including Billie Holiday, Judy Garland and Janis Joplin, were severely lambasted by the writers of their time for being distinctive.
August 14, 2008
Re "The goal: A foot-friendly city," Aug. 10 I hope these efforts lead other cities, especially Hollywood, to focus on the needs of those on foot. Presently, it is impossible to walk through the Cahuenga Pass between Hollywood and the Valley without risking death or injury, because there is no sidewalk. The pass is a providential gateway through which men have crossed -- on foot, horseback, wagon train and bicycle -- for centuries. But when the Hollywood Freeway was constructed, its builders failed to provide any path by which humans could walk into our historic and beloved city of stars.
December 19, 1998
I was saddened and aggravated by Paul Brownfield's story about the comedy shows at Hollywood's Killer Burger ("No Celebs, No Scouts, No Problem," Dec. 17). The writer describes the beloved neighborhood that surrounds this establishment as "seedy" and a place where you won't be able to "leave your Range Rover with the valet. . . ." Why is there an assumption that all readers of The Times drive SUVs, require valet service and are afraid of areas as benign as central Hollywood? After all, the beautifully renovated Egyptian Theater is less than a block from this spot.
December 3, 2006
JIMMY IOVINE'S assertion that he found the perfect Tom Petty song -- "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" -- for Stevie Nicks to record as a duet with Tom is not entirely accurate ["The Music Titans," Nov. 26]. Both Stevie and Jimmy individually encouraged Tom to write a song for Stevie, but the song he wrote was the beautiful "Insider," which he and Stevie did record as a duet. When Tom heard how powerful it sounded, however, he regretted giving it away and kept it for himself. To recompense Stevie, he gave her the unreleased but already recorded "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," which she happily accepted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1999
Re "MTA OKs $568 Million for Projects--With a Big 'If,' " July 30: It is hard to find civilized words with which to respond to the uncivilized actions of MTA officials. They have fought a federal decree to buy more buses because they say they are unaffordable. Yet they are announcing that they will spend in excess of $500 million in roadway improvements, with the understanding that the bus system will have to suffer to do so. Such ongoing dishonesty and callousness on the part of the MTA should be tolerated no longer.
April 15, 2000
Glen Ballard, producer of No Doubt's new album, co-wrote the Michael Jackson hit "Man in the Mirror" with Siedah Garrett, not with Jackson ("New Doubt," by Randy Lewis, April 13). Also, I must quarrel with Robert Hilburn's contention that Whitney Houston "will always be known as [Clive] Davis' most important signing" ("On Davis' Night, All Eyes on Whitney," April 12). This is an opinion, not a fact. And it's my opinion that other artists signed by Clive, such as Laura Nyro, Patti Smith and Janis Joplin, will be considered in years to come as having made more significant contributions to American popular music than Houston.