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September 12, 2010 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Irwin Silber, who became a key figure in the revival of folk music beginning in the 1950s as editor of the magazine Sing Out!, has died. He was 84. Silber, who was also a producer and wrote and edited several books on music and other subjects, died Wednesday at an extended-care facility in Oakland, his stepdaughter Nina Menendez said. He had Alzheimer's disease. Silber founded Sing Out! in 1950 with legendary folk singer Pete Seeger and others. It became an influential publication that covered 1950s stars such as Seeger and Woody Guthrie, then in the '60s included such upcoming artists as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and many others.
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NEWS
December 5, 1994 | AARON NATHANS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The capital paid tribute to five of America's artistic legends this weekend when screen icon Kirk Douglas, "queen of soul" Aretha Franklin, folk musician Pete Seeger, orchestral composer Morton Gould and Broadway director Harold Prince received this year's Kennedy Center Honors. The weekend was a swirl of activity for the honorees and guests as some of the biggest names from film, television, music, theater and government met over fine wine and food at some of Washington's grandest sites.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
The colorful life and rich musical legacy of Woody Guthrie, widely considered America's greatest folk troubadour and songwriter, will be celebrated throughout 2012 in an expansive nationwide series of all-star concerts, previously unissued recordings, conferences, museum exhibitions and educational programs marking the 100th anniversary of Guthrie's birth. Guthrie's family, including his children Arlo and Nora, is collaborating closely with officials at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles in assembling "Woody at 100. " It will include a broad swath of activities that will take place from California to the New York island, from the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters — mirroring the words of "This Land Is Your Land," Guthrie's best-known song among some 3,000 he wrote before his death in 1967 at age 55. An overarching goal of the various activities is to introduce younger audiences to Guthrie's music and remind all listeners of his place in the long history of music as a powerful tool of social change, said Grammy Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli, who is overseeing much of the centennial planning with Nora Guthrie.
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April 14, 1985 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
I was in the river, fishing, and my momma and my wife come running down, hollering for me. Their voice was so distressful, I just knew something happen with the kids. But my momma said, "John. You better get away from here." You see, a friend of mine, a white fellow, he'd been up at the store and overheard them say, "That nigger John Handcox, we gonna hang him. We got the rope and we got the limb, all we want is him." Mean things were happening in Arkansas in 1936, the year John L.
NEWS
April 19, 1989 | From Times wire services
Folk singer Pete Seeger helped lead a festive hometown march to memorialize 1960s "yippie" leader Abbie Hoffman, with at least 250 people holding white dove placards and singing "Down by the Riverside." The march spanned four blocks from Hoffman's childhood home to the service at Temple Emanuel, which the political activist attended as a child. Among the marchers was Hoffman's close friend, basketball star Bill Walton. A coroner ruled that Hoffman, 52, committed suicide with a combination of drugs and alcohol.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By August Brown
Pete Seeger's death at 94 leaves a huge hole in America's moral conscience. The folk singer was a fixture in music, politics and American life for the latter half of the 20th century, and he continued performing and speaking in public -- including at President Obama's 2009 inauguration and during the Occupy Wall Street protests -- until his death on Monday. The outpouring from fellow musicians, writers and activists was immediate. The White House released a statement describing Seeger as "America's tuning fork," and said that "[o]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2009 | Tony Perry
The San Diego school board has sent a letter of apology to folk singer Pete Seeger for the actions of school officials in 1960 who tried to cancel his concert at a local campus because he refused to sign a pledge against communism. After the ACLU went to court to defend Seeger, the concert at Hoover High School went on as scheduled. A current school trustee said she decided the board should send a letter to the 89-year-old Seeger after seeing him perform as part of the inaugural festivities for President Obama.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting in State of the Union mode. The Skinny: I've watched the first two episodes of Fox's "The Following," and while the producers have done a good job coming up with compelling and creepy new characters, I'm not sure I'm up for another season of murder and mayhem. It's very draining. Tuesday's headlines include the latest twist in Charter's efforts to buy Time Warner Cable. Also, movie theater owners want shorter trailers and media pundits are busy analyzing Jay Leno's final interviews.
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January 28, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Pete Seeger, folk singer, activist, song archivist and one of the most important American musical voices of the 20th century, has died at age 94, his grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson told the Associated Press. The singer, who lost his wife, Toshi, last year, was responsible for such classics of American song as "We Shall Overcome," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Turn, Turn, Turn. "  VIDEO: 'Turn, Turn, Turn' As Claudia Luther noted in the Times' obituary , Seeger influenced generations: "At some point, Pete Seeger decided he'd be a walking, singing reminder of all of America's history," Bruce Springsteen said at the all-star Madison Square Garden concert marking Seeger's 90th birthday in 2009.
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | By Kari Howard
This week I've been a bit obsessed with Isaac Hayes' epic, transformative covers of some (very non-Stax) pop hits. I already knew the tremendous “Hot Buttered Soul” album, with its 12-minute “Walk on By” (which manages to channel the pathos of Hal David's lyrics and be very sexy at the same time), and 18-minute “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” (more on that later). But then I found his other covers, including two more Bacharach/David songs, “The Look of Love” and “I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself”; the Beatles' “Something”; and the Righteous Brothers' “You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin',” which has a five-minute groove starting at the 10:30 point that I had on repeat all week.
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