July 4, 1999
As Robert Hilburn strains to find some mythic connection between the legacies of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon to justify their joint shows ("They Are a Rock," June 20), he completely sidesteps the obvious that these two boomer icons stand to sell more tickets touring together than separately. He also indulges in some loopy revisionist pop culture history along the way. For instance, I'd love to hear Joni Mitchell's response (or Van Morrison's, for that matter) to his assertion that of all Dylan's touring partners, only Simon's oeuvre is of equal stature.
April 25, 2011 |
The iconic musical number that serves as a prologue and epilogue to the 1963 musical comedy "Bye Bye Birdie" was something of an afterthought. Six months after principal photography ended on the musical, director George Sidney brought the film's young star Ann-Margret back to Columbia Pictures to shoot the new musical number, "Bye Bye Birdie. " And the rest is pop culture history. Placed on a treadmill with a fan hitting her red tresses, Ann-Margret was shot against a vibrant blue background.
August 27, 2009 |
Rock 'n' roll is in the air this weekend as the American Cinematheque screens a Frank Zappa double feature: 1971's "200 Motels " and 1979's " Baby Snakes" tonight at the Aero Theatre. And on Friday the Aero will show a new 35-millimeter print of director Michael Wadleigh's cut of his 1970 Oscar-winning "Woodstock ," with an introduction by Hal Lifson, pop culture historian and author of "1966! The Coolest Year in Pop Culture History." www.americancinematheque.com 'Night Flight' salute Meanwhile, the Don't Knock the Rock 2009 festival winds up tonight at the Silent Movie Theatre with a tribute to "Night Flight," the seminal late-night show from 1981 that included music videos, short films, cartoons, interviews, concerts and cult movies.
July 9, 2013 |
In 1969, Jay Silverheels, the Mohawk Indian actor who played Tonto in the hit 1950s TV show "The Lone Ranger," appeared in character on "The Tonight Show," where Johnny Carson conducted a mock job interview. "Worked 30 years as faithful sidekick for kemo sabe," Tonto said, explaining his employment history. "Hunt, fish, make food, sew clothes, sweep up, stay awake all night to listen for enemies for kemo sabe. Risk life for kemo sabe. Thirty lousy years. " The joke - considering, for once, how the Lone Ranger's Wild West adventures might have felt from his subservient partner's point of view - drew some laughs from Carson's Civil Rights-era, in-studio audience.
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February 1, 2011 |
John Barry, a five-time Academy Award-winning composer of movies such as "Born Free" and "Out of Africa" who earned a prominent spot in pop-culture history by writing the scores for 11 James Bond films, including "From Russia With Love" and " Goldfinger ," has died. He was 77. FOR THE RECORD: John Barry: On the cover of the Feb. 1 LATExtra section, the obituary of Academy Award-winning composer John Barry incorrectly included a photo of editor Neil Travis, a fellow Oscar winner.
August 18, 2001
In Roger Catlin's "A Rock-Solid Case for 1966" (Aug. 3), he makes the assertion that this was the most influential and creatively dominant year in rock music history. I couldn't agree more, and would like to take this a step further, by proclaiming 1966 as the most significant and creative year in pop culture history! On TV, we were introduced to "Batman," "Star Trek" and "The Monkees," all of which became national phenomena, lasting in popularity more than 35 years now. (Let's not forget "The Green Hornet," which marked Bruce Lee's entrance to pop culture.