July 5, 1993 |
Along with their more publicized, coquettish counterparts, "tough-girl" performers have always been part of rock 'n' roll's legacy--from beehive-topped, gum-snapping pioneers the Shangri-Las, on through Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Suzi Quatro and Joan Jett. The insurgent essence of the music often breeds strong-willed women who refuse to tart up their image, whose in-your-face music and appearance is more grease than glamour.
February 19, 1994 |
After 20 years of staging rock 'n' roll revues at Chapman University, you'd think Paul Frizler would have covered all the bases by now. But when someone suggested showcasing the Latin roots of popular music in the United States, Frizler was stumped. Sure, there was "La Bamba," Santana and Los Lobos, but beyond that? "I thought, 'Oh God, it's going to be a very short show,' " Frizler said.
January 22, 1988 |
Hopes that the three surviving Beatles would stage a mini-reunion at Wednesday night's third annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction dinner were dashed by Paul McCartney. And that led to some bad vibrations from the Beach Boys' Mike Love.
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April 19, 2012 |
Dick Clark, the youthful-looking television personality who literally introduced rock 'n' roll to much of the nation on "American Bandstand" and for four decades was the first and last voice many Americans heard each year with his New Year's Eve countdowns, died Wednesday. He was 82. Clark died after suffering a heart attack following an outpatient procedure at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, according to a statement by his longtime publicist, Paul Shefrin. Clark's health had been in question since a 2004 stroke affected his speech and mobility, but that year's Dec. 31 countdown was the only one he missed since he started the annual rite during the Nixon years.
December 6, 1989 |
There are no plans to mark the anniversary of the rock concert at Altamont Speedway 20 years ago today--the day "free love" turned into fear and good vibes turned into violence. Many of those who went are still trying to forget the Dec. 6, 1969, concert at a wind-swept, barren, sunbaked pasture 50 miles east of San Francisco.
January 12, 1993 |
John Fogerty interviews during the last two decades have been almost as scarce as John Fogerty albums, but the creative force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival agreed to talk about the band and rock music on the eve of CCR's induction in Los Angeles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
August 20, 2003 |
Anyone disheartened by the generally mediocre state of today's rock criticism won't feel much better after reading "Mainlines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste," a collection of writings by the influential critic Lester Bangs. The book is a reminder that, unfortunately, he is no longer around to tell us what music to listen to, love or hate, in his inimitable cranky voice.
April 22, 2007 |
I was a student with my first camera, living above Tower Records on the Sunset Strip, in the mid-1960s. My father, Felix Landau, was an art dealer whose gallery was by then a cornerstone of the L.A. art scene. Pop art was just emerging, and I was sensing a divide between the more classical European-influenced fine art on display in my father's gallery and the exuberant, vibrant art of American culture in all its bawdy and commercial badness.
March 22, 1994 |
Welcome, Oscar, to the rock 'n' roll era. Forty years after the recording debut of Elvis Presley, a best song Oscar was awarded to a pure rock songwriter--Bruce Springsteen--for the first time. Too bad they didn't have a second Oscar for Neil Young.
November 3, 1989 |
After hobnobbing with the fine arts upper crust by composing an opera, "Holy Blood and Crescent Moon," that the Cleveland Opera premiered last month, Stewart Copeland has his pop shoes on again. The former Police drummer now devotes time to his new pop-rock band, Animal Logic, which features famed jazz-rock bassist Stanley Clarke and a newcomer, singer-songwriter Deborah Holland. The trio's debut album, "Animal Logic," has just been released by I.R.S. Records.