November 24, 2009 |
It's easy to understand musician Dhani Harrison's antipathy toward the general concept of being in a rock band. After all, he got loads of priceless firsthand information from his father about the ups and downsides of making it to the absolute peak of pop music success during his tenure with the Beatles. FOR THE RECORD: Dhani Harrison: An article on musician Dhani Harrison in Tuesday's Calendar identified Activision as developer of The Beatles: Rock Band. The game was created by Harmonix, MTV Games and Apple Corps Ltd. — It was George Harrison who famously said, "The biggest break in my career was getting into the Beatles in 1962.
October 11, 2009 |
Robert Hilburn was pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times for 35 years, from the psychedelic era to the emergence of the iPod. He witnessed many of rock 'n' roll's seminal moments and interviewed virtually every major pop figure of the period. All of this is chronicled in his memoir, "Corn Flakes with John Lennon (and Other Tales From a Rock 'n' Roll Life)," to be published this month. In this abridged excerpt, Hilburn (below left with Lennon in 1980) explores his relationship with Lennon after the Beatles' breakup and explains the book's title.
August 27, 2009 |
They came from New York, the Midwest, the Southern states, a great exodus of young comics traveling west in search of a few minutes with Johnny Carson. That's all it took to begin the migration: In 1972, "The Tonight Show" moved from New York to Burbank, and stand-up comedy's center of gravity went with it. A shot with Carson could make a comic's career and lead to lucrative stand-up gigs, comedy albums and film roles. So they came to town by the hundreds, ambitious and penniless.
October 14, 2008 |
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has told fans to stop sending letters and requests for autographs, saying such mail will be thrown away after next week because he is too busy. Starr, 68, made the announcement in a video message titled "Sorry, No More Signing Stuff" posted on his official website, www.ringostarr .com. Wearing sunglasses and flashing a peace sign, he says: "I want to tell you after the 20th of October please do not send fan mail to any address you have. Nothing will be signed after the 20th of October.
July 7, 2008 |
Unlike most musicians, Ringo Starr looks forward to that feeling he sometimes gets of being on a treadmill. In fact, that's where he often feels most creative. "My studio in England is next to the gym," Starr said from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, where his latest tour just got underway. "When it's time to record, I find that getting on the treadmill brings on the endorphins, and the songs just start coming. I wrote a lot of songs on the treadmill.
March 7, 2008 |
The Greek Theatre's 2008 season is highlighted by several programs delving into American roots music -- notably the Grammy Award-winning duo of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss for two nights -- and reaching an apex with a relatively rare local performance by Dolly Parton. Meanwhile, seminal jazz fusion ensemble Return to Forever, reunited with the classic lineup of Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, tops the Gibson Amphitheatre stage along with the facility's perennial cavalcade of top Latin acts such as Pepe Aguilar, Ana Gabriel and Vicente Fernandez.
February 11, 2008 |
Presidential hopeful Barack Obama is on a roll, making yet another gain against Clinton -- Bill Clinton, that is. Obama beat the ex-prez (as well as older ex-prez Jimmy Carter) in the spoken word race for his audio book, "The Audacity of Hope." He shouldn't get too comfortable, though: His Democratic rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, won the same award in 1997 for her bestselling "It Takes a Village."