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September 23, 1988 | BOB SIPCHEN, Times Staff Writer
We got word that someone was saying bad things about Los Angeles and we acted promptly. As the media surrogate for millions of tan and tranquil Californians, it was our unpleasant duty to have a little talk with the only angry man in the City of Angels. As we approached the old Miracle Mile area apartment building in which Richard Meltzer, 43, lives, a woman strolled down the sidewalk wearing a "Born to Act" T-shirt. A television sat on a manicured lawn.
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May 28, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
In college, I once wrote a paper arguing that rock 'n' roll songs were poetry in sonic form. I was not, at the time, aware of Richard Goldstein's 1972 anthology “The Poetry of Rock,” which made a similar case, gathering lyrics and presenting them as verse, but I was under the sway of a cluster of poet/musicians: Lou Reed , Patti Smith , Jim Carroll , even Jim Morrison , whose posthumous spoken word record “An American Prayer” I...
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NEWS
October 7, 1988
Richard Meltzer is an inspiration to anyone like me who lives in Southern California simply because I was born here and can't afford to move ("L.A. Basher: A Little Talk on the Wild Side" by Bob Sipchen, Sept. 23). Everyone here is just a phony that can't come up with their own personality so they copy television, movie and rock stars. Los Angeles is the land of gangs, yuppies, heavy metalers, prostitutes. . . . Anyone who actually enjoys living here is truly sick in the head. Richard can't be blamed for cowering in his apartment to avoid the kind of airheads that live here.
NEWS
October 7, 1988
Richard Meltzer is an inspiration to anyone like me who lives in Southern California simply because I was born here and can't afford to move ("L.A. Basher: A Little Talk on the Wild Side" by Bob Sipchen, Sept. 23). Everyone here is just a phony that can't come up with their own personality so they copy television, movie and rock stars. Los Angeles is the land of gangs, yuppies, heavy metalers, prostitutes. . . . Anyone who actually enjoys living here is truly sick in the head. Richard can't be blamed for cowering in his apartment to avoid the kind of airheads that live here.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
In college, I once wrote a paper arguing that rock 'n' roll songs were poetry in sonic form. I was not, at the time, aware of Richard Goldstein's 1972 anthology “The Poetry of Rock,” which made a similar case, gathering lyrics and presenting them as verse, but I was under the sway of a cluster of poet/musicians: Lou Reed , Patti Smith , Jim Carroll , even Jim Morrison , whose posthumous spoken word record “An American Prayer” I...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 1987
It saddens me to see Richard Meltzer wishing for what's past and not opening himself up to the great, uncorrupted bands that are making music today ("Meltzer: Rock Is Dead," by Kristine McKenna, April 26). Bands like the Smiths, R.E.M., U2 and Simple Minds have large followings, yet have not changed their ideals and integrity to suit the mass market. These, including such lesser-known (but equally brilliant) acts as the Cocteau Twins, James, Woodentops, the Jazz Butcher and Husker Du, are the Dylans, Beatles and Rolling Stones of the '80s.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Crawdaddy magazine founder Paul Williams, often credited for helping establish the field of rock music criticism in the mid-1960s, died Wednesday at age 64 from complications related to a 1995 bicycle accident. Williams' wife, musician Cindy Lee Berryhill, confirmed her husband's death in a post on Facebook, telling followers, “It was a gentle and peaceful passing. " Williams, according to a note on his official website, "suffered a traumatic brain injury in a bicycle accident, leading to early onset of dementia, and a steady decline to the point where he now requires full-time care.
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August 27, 2000 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
One night I found myself in the company of several big-shot journalists who were regaling the dinner table with big-shot stories: being under fire in Vietnam, playing poker with the president and smuggling dispatches out of Uganda after a coup. Finally, to be polite, someone turned to me and asked if the onetime rock journalist had any war stories to tell. "I'm not sure," I hesitantly replied. "Does the time Sid Vicious tried to break a bottle of whiskey over my head count?"
NEWS
September 23, 1988 | BOB SIPCHEN, Times Staff Writer
We got word that someone was saying bad things about Los Angeles and we acted promptly. As the media surrogate for millions of tan and tranquil Californians, it was our unpleasant duty to have a little talk with the only angry man in the City of Angels. As we approached the old Miracle Mile area apartment building in which Richard Meltzer, 43, lives, a woman strolled down the sidewalk wearing a "Born to Act" T-shirt. A television sat on a manicured lawn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1988 | STEVE HARVEY, From Staff and Wire Reports
Freddie Krueger masks--celebrating the serial killer of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies--may have ranked among the hottest-selling items this Halloween. But none was in evidence Monday at the Los Angeles Police Department's annual costume contest, judged by Chief Daryl F. Gates. The winner, picked from a lineup of two dozen entrants, was Joyce Atzinger, portraying a crusading knight. A fingerprint-identification expert, Atzinger rode a hoof-less cardboard horse of her own making.
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