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April 14, 2012 |
Shortly after being hired about a decade ago to up the ante of musical talent offered at the Orange County Fair's summer concert series in Costa Mesa, veteran talent buyer Ken Phebus rolled out his schedule for the fair's board. But one of the performers on the list was given a thumbs-down. A board member "didn't recognize the name and neither did any of her friends," said Jim Washburn, a writer who covers pop music in Orange County and became friends with Phebus. "It was Norah Jones, and that was right before she took home a boatload of Grammy Awards," Washburn said.
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January 28, 2012 |
Pioneering R&B singer Etta James was saluted at her funeral service Saturday by fellow musicians, including Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera, and eulogized by the Rev. Al Sharpton as an artist who not only "changed the world of music [but] the cultural paradigm of the United States. " Best known for the rapturous joy or primal ache she brought to ballads of love and heartbreak such as "At Last," "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "All I Could Do Was Cry," James, who died Jan. 20 at age 73, also was lauded for overcoming adversity and persevering long enough to see a career renaissance that included multiple Grammy Awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a hit Hollywood film based on her life and numerous other accolades.
January 16, 2012 |
Here's a fun, easy and very effective way to firm and tighten your abdominals while gently stretching the muscles in your back. Be sure to practice this move on a padded surface so your spine is protected and comfortable. Sit upright on a level, padded surface or mat. Bend your knees and hug them loosely toward your chest, hands holding your lower shins. Tighten your abdominals and lean back slightly until your feet are off the floor. Inhale and pause. On an exhalation, continue to shift your weight backward, round your entire spine, then roll back.
December 21, 2011 |
Axl Rose is wearing a white cotton bathrobe and white tube socks, relaxing on a couch backstage Friday night after a three-hour concert at Seattle's Key Arena, where he'd snaked his way through 34 songs with a version of the band he co-founded a quarter-century ago, Guns N' Roses. It's 3 a.m., and the singer, the sole remaining original member, has shed the bad-ass sunglasses and flat-brimmed Stetson-style hat he wore onstage, pulled off the snakeskin boots and changed out of his faded bell bottoms.
November 3, 2011
Rock and Roll Always Forgets A Quarter Century of Music Criticism Chuck Eddy Duke University Press: 336 pp., $24.95 paper
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July 17, 2011 |
Fortunately, requests to preserve clothing made out of raw meat are rare, Sergio Vigilato admits. But when the Burbank taxidermist got the call to turn Lady Gaga's infamous Argentinean beef gown into a museum display, he bit at the opportunity. Vigilato was contacted by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum two months after the pop singer wore the meat dress on stage Sept. 12, 2010, to accept the trophy for the year's best music video at the MTV Video Music Awards. "The first thing I asked was, 'Where is the dress?
March 15, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday. Alice Cooper showed up to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a giant boa constrictor draped over his shoulders. ( Los Angeles Times ) Bon Jovi says Steve Jobs is responsible for killing the music business. ( Huffington Post ) Aflac realizes Gilbert Gottfried isn't funny, fires him over Japan tsunami "jokes. " ( Los Angeles Times ) Charlie Sheen's "Torpedo of Truth" tour sells out in under 20 minutes; a TLC documentary on the former sitcom star is on the way; baby Jesus is crying.
May 29, 2010 |
A few weeks after President Nixon selected G. Harrold Carswell for the Supreme Court, the White House learned, via newspaper stories, that the Florida judge had given speeches endorsing racial segregation and had worked to keep a local golf course for whites only. Moreover, an unusually high number of his rulings had been reversed on appeal. Nixon's nominee was rejected by the Senate in 1970. "Carswell was a disaster for us," recalled former White House Counsel John Dean, who said little effort was made by officials to check his background.
April 29, 2010
‘Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life' ‘A Book by and for the Fanatics Among Us (with Bitchin' Soundtrack)' Steve Almond Random House: 240 pp., $23