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December 2, 1990 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' Pop Music Critic.
Rock Losing Its Grip as Other Genres Gain. That recent headline on a Billboard magazine article documenting rock's dwindling share of the pop album market was sobering, but it wasn't unexpected. It has been clear for some time now that rock is no longer the creative heart of pop music. Rather than reflect the imagination and daring that it did in past decades, most rock deals shamelessly in hollow or recycled gestures--and all too often represents nothing more than casual entertainment.
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March 3, 2005 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
When Tommy Stinson released his first solo album, his goals were modest. The former bass player for legendary '80s rockers the Replacements wanted to begin making his own records, to find a label, to build an audience. The results, unfortunately, were equally modest. Since Sanctuary Records released "Village Gorilla Head" last August, it has sold just 15,000 copies and received almost no radio airplay "There's always an excuse for why. All you can really do is say, 'OK. Cool.
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February 3, 1991 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic.
P aul Westerberg is a rock star worth believing in, though it's taken him almost a decade to accept it himself. As leader of the Replacements, he wrote tuneful tales in the '80s about insecurities and desires with the intensity and insight of a young Pete Townshend. Yet the raw, raspy singer was the victim of his insecurities--leaving the widely acclaimed cult favorite unable to follow through on industry predictions of mainstream success.
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February 3, 1991 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic.
P aul Westerberg is a rock star worth believing in, though it's taken him almost a decade to accept it himself. As leader of the Replacements, he wrote tuneful tales in the '80s about insecurities and desires with the intensity and insight of a young Pete Townshend. Yet the raw, raspy singer was the victim of his insecurities--leaving the widely acclaimed cult favorite unable to follow through on industry predictions of mainstream success.
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May 5, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
There were several mundane but pressing questions facing Paul Westerberg as he sat in a hotel room in Phoenix earlier this week. What was he going to do about the headache that had been bothering him since he got up? And where was he going to get a clean shirt to wear, now that everything he had packed for the road was all grubby? And would either of the above be resolved before he had to go off with the three other members of the Replacements for a promotional visit to a local radio station?
NEWS
March 3, 2005 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
When Tommy Stinson released his first solo album, his goals were modest. The former bass player for legendary '80s rockers the Replacements wanted to begin making his own records, to find a label, to build an audience. The results, unfortunately, were equally modest. Since Sanctuary Records released "Village Gorilla Head" last August, it has sold just 15,000 copies and received almost no radio airplay "There's always an excuse for why. All you can really do is say, 'OK. Cool.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1990 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' Pop Music Critic.
Rock Losing Its Grip as Other Genres Gain. That recent headline on a Billboard magazine article documenting rock's dwindling share of the pop album market was sobering, but it wasn't unexpected. It has been clear for some time now that rock is no longer the creative heart of pop music. Rather than reflect the imagination and daring that it did in past decades, most rock deals shamelessly in hollow or recycled gestures--and all too often represents nothing more than casual entertainment.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
There were several mundane but pressing questions facing Paul Westerberg as he sat in a hotel room in Phoenix earlier this week. What was he going to do about the headache that had been bothering him since he got up? And where was he going to get a clean shirt to wear, now that everything he had packed for the road was all grubby? And would either of the above be resolved before he had to go off with the three other members of the Replacements for a promotional visit to a local radio station?
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