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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2010 | Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
Michael Been, a singer, songwriter, guitarist and founding member of the Northern California modern rock band the Call, which broke out with the 1983 MTV hit "The Walls Came Down," has died. He was 60. Been (pronounced Bean) died Thursday after suffering a heart attack at the Pukkelpop festival in Hasselt, Belgium, where he had been serving as a sound engineer for his son Robert's band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. His death was announced in a statement from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's publicist, Juliana Plotkin.
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BUSINESS
December 24, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Viacom Inc. has found an unlikely buyer for Harmonix Music Systems, the creator of its Rock Band video games. The media giant announced Thursday that it had sold the Cambridge, Mass.-based Harmonix to Columbus Nova, a private investment firm in New York. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but several analysts said the price was probably less than $100 million, significantly less than Viacom paid to acquire the development studio in 2006. One person familiar with the matter but not authorized to speak about it for attribution said Viacom wanted to sell Harmonix by Dec. 31 to improve its tax position in the current year.
NEWS
February 27, 1995
Bob Stinson, 35, founding guitarist with the Replacements. Stinson was ousted from the now-defunct Minneapolis-based rock band in 1986 because of drug and alcohol abuse. Last year he was diagnosed as suffering from a manic-depressive disorder and was taking medication to combat intense mood swings. Stinson made five recordings with the Replacements: "Sorry, Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash" in 1981, "The Replacements Stink" in 1982, "Hootenanny" in 1983, "Let It Be" in 1984 and "Tim" in 1985.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Bob Bogle, the co-founder and original lead guitarist of the Ventures, the influential instrumental rock band whose hits included "Walk -- Don't Run" and the "Hawaii Five-0" TV theme, has died. He was 75. Bogle, a resident of Vancouver, Wash., who suffered from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, died Sunday in a local hospital, said Don Wilson, who co-founded the Ventures with Bogle.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2009 | Alex Pham
The Guitar Hero and Rock Band video games have become huge hits, generating $1.6 billion in North American sales last year from players who love jamming along with music legends. But now customers may be singing an old blues classic: "The Thrill Is Gone." After surging 68% in 2008, sales of music games are expected to be stagnant this year. Though new versions still do well, they don't catch fire the way they used to.
NEWS
June 30, 1988
Hillel Slovak, 25, guitarist for the flamboyant L.A. rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers, was found dead Monday in his Hollywood apartment. A coroner's spokesman said results of an autopsy performed Wednesday were inconclusive. The Chili Peppers, which have released three albums on EMI-Manhattan Records since forming in 1983, have not gained national stardom. But the foursome's wild antics on stage have given the group a strong following in the Los Angeles area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2010 | Times Staff Reports
Leonard Skinner, a Florida high school gym teacher and coach who was the inspiration for the name of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd , has died. He was 77. Skinner died Monday at St. Catherine Laboure Manor nursing home in Jacksonville, Fla., his daughter Susie Moore told the Associated Press. He had Alzheimer's disease. Skinner earned a place in rock history in the late 1960s at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville after he sent some students to the principal's office because of the length of their hair.
NEWS
June 4, 1990 | United Press International
The drummer for the rock band Foreigner and his wife were rescued unharmed after abandoning their burning boat off the Florida coast, the Coast Guard said Sunday. Dennis Elliott and his wife, Iona, radioed the Coast Guard for help, saying their boat was on fire about 45 miles east of Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday afternoon. A Coast Guard aircraft dropped them a raft about 20 minutes later, and the couple was eventually picked up by a freighter, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY
A rock band made up of police officers and plenty of police paraphernalia will be on display at the Ventura Police Department's sixth annual block party on Saturday, officials said. The party, which will feature public service displays and entertainment, will be held at the Dowell Drive station from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Among the activities will be a dunking booth featuring Police Chief Richard Thomas and City Manager Donna Landeros.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1991
A Venice man who once served on the road crew for the defunct punk rock band Black Flag was shot to death Thursday by robbers as he walked home from a neighborhood grocery store, police said. Joe Cole, 30, and his roommate were returning from the Boys Market on Lincoln Boulevard at 12:40 a.m. when they were robbed of about $40 by two gunmen, said Lt. Ross Moen.
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