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November 2, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Two vastly different generations of surf rock fans might know the sound of Eddie Bertrand's guitar licks: those who dig his band the Bel-Airs, whose classic early '60s Southern California surf instrumentals are some of the earliest examples of the form; and followers of Orange County surf-punk band Sublime, who incorporated Bertrand solo into its song “Seed.” Bertrand, who died on Saturday after a fight with cancer, was a key figure in the...
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November 2, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Two vastly different generations of surf rock fans might know the sound of Eddie Bertrand's guitar licks: those who dig his band the Bel-Airs, whose classic early '60s Southern California surf instrumentals are some of the earliest examples of the form; and followers of Orange County surf-punk band Sublime, who incorporated Bertrand solo into its song “Seed.” Bertrand, who died on Saturday after a fight with cancer, was a key figure in the...
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May 17, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Surf music--like ska, Cajun or any other specialized genre--runs the risk of boredom through repetition unless it's in the hands of genuinely imaginative players. Orange County is part of the Tigris and Euphrates of the surf-music world--surf-guitar pioneer Dick Dale and the Chantays ("Wipeout") developed in O.C.--which means there's a venerable history in surf music here that continues today. Two latter-day O.C.
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September 7, 2012 | By Sharon Mizota
Pacific Standard Time will explore the origins of the Los Angeles art world through museum exhibitions throughout Southern California over the next six months. Times art reviewer Sharon Mizota has set the goal of seeing all of them. This is her latest report. If you suffer from PST fatigue (PST-igue?), “Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles, 1945-1975” at the Grammy Museum may be the antidote. This small but engaging show covers the same era as other PST exhibitions, but through a decidedly different lens.
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June 6, 2008 | From a Times Staff Writer
Jerry Cole, a guitarist and songwriter who released several surf music albums in the 1960s and recorded with prominent bands such as the Beach Boys and the Byrds, died of a heart attack May 28 at his Corona home, said his wife, Gale. He was 68. With his own group, the Spacemen, Cole released four albums of "space-age surf music" in just over two years, beginning with "Outer Limits" in 1963, according to the Allmusic Internet database.
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July 27, 1990 | JIM WASHBURN, Jim Washburn is a free-lance writer based in Costa Mesa. and
Surfing is the only life, the only way for me, now surf, surf. . .with me. --The Beach Boys, 1961 Ask most people outside of Southern California, and they'll likely tell you that surf music was the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean and their clean-harmonied brethren. And next to the early 1960s surf films--both Bruce Brown's enthralling documentaries and Hollywood's Annette-and-Frankie glut--their songs were indeed the chief proselytizers of California's golden surfing life.
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September 23, 1988 | HUGO MARTIN and Where: The Strand, 1700 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach. and When: Sunday, barbecue begins at 5 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. and Cost: $12.
The day after huge flames swept across the Redondo Beach pier, destroying much of it, John English took pictures of the blackened planks and smoldering wooden pillars that remained. "I looked at the devastation and on that day I decided to do something," said the co-owner of Go Boy Records in Redondo Beach. At the time, English and his partner, Alan Ostroff, had been thinking of trying to reunite several 1960s South Bay surf bands.
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March 17, 1988 | THOMAS K. ARNOLD
With an impish grin, lead singer Stu Schumacher of local surf-rockers the Slo' Ponies shoves a cassette of his band's newest original, "I Am a Surfer," into the tape deck and cranks up the volume as high as it will go. "This is not the kind of stuff you put on for a nice mellow evening at home," he cautions. "Some surf music is wimpy, but our songs really rage, just like the early-morning surf." Indeed.
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February 9, 1990 | JIM WASHBURN
Guitarist Brennan Totten, who toured for a few years with Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers, can recall an occasion when he was pulled over by a state trooper while driving the band through Texas. What began as a routine traffic citation wound up with the officer giving them the third degree, having been discomfited by the sight of Richman, star of the international stage and recording world, perched barefoot and birdlike on the rear seat, all-but heedless of the police presence as he shoveled down a quart of Haagen-Dazs with an unnerving abandon.
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January 25, 1998 | MATTHEW BROWN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The nearest beach is on a smelly, surfless saltwater lake. Snow falls in winter, and temperatures can dip below freezing in May. But the climate hasn't kept Robert Dalley from turning his modest split-level home in this Salt Lake City suburb into surf music central for other devotees around the world.
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May 22, 2011 | By Oliver Wang, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Few music styles are as indelibly linked to Southern California as surf guitar. Just a single chord, struck on a vintage Fender, with the right balance of ghostly tremolo and a rip current of reverb, can invoke an image of wood-paneled station wagons, board shorts and other endless summer cliches. It's a recipe for instant nostalgia — even for those not yet born in the early '60s — a sound that music historian Barney Hoskyns perfectly describes as "a tincture of angst and heartache.
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June 6, 2008 | From a Times Staff Writer
Jerry Cole, a guitarist and songwriter who released several surf music albums in the 1960s and recorded with prominent bands such as the Beach Boys and the Byrds, died of a heart attack May 28 at his Corona home, said his wife, Gale. He was 68. With his own group, the Spacemen, Cole released four albums of "space-age surf music" in just over two years, beginning with "Outer Limits" in 1963, according to the Allmusic Internet database.
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October 9, 2006 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
People from all walks of life -- computer technicians on motorcycles, investment bankers in flip-flops, and soccer moms on bicycles -- converged Sunday on Newport Beach's shore for a final blowout to celebrate the city's 100th birthday. The estimated 30,000 people walked and biked to attractions between the Newport and Balboa piers, including live music, carnival jump houses, political campaign tables and Ski the Bird Man. "I'm a legend in this city, you know that?"
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February 17, 2005
Fullerton exhibit places this jammin' county in its proper place as the home of the Fender guitar, some important musicians and surf music. E4
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February 17, 2005 | Marc Weingarten, Special to The Times
Orange County is the Orange Curtain, the wags say, a gulag of strip malls far from the vibrant cultural currents of Los Angeles. Fox's sexy soap "The O.C." hasn't burnished the rep either, what with all of those sexed-up young things and a middle-aged patriarch who likes to surf in his spare time. Which is why the Fullerton Museum Center's exhibition "The Orange Groove: Orange County's Rock 'n' Roll History," is a necessary corrective to the cultural misperceptions about this maligned region.
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June 17, 2002 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hey, modern rock fans: Ready to hum, perhaps even tap your foot again? If the annual KROQ (106.7 FM) Weenie Roast can be trusted as a forecast of what's headed our way on the modern rock scene, the 10th edition Saturday at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine suggested that the angst-laden clouds of the recent past will break enough to allow some sun, refreshing breezes and with them some genuine fun.
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February 27, 1992 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"And you'll never hear surf music again..." --Jimi Hendrix Wrong again, Jimi. Though long dead, you may still make the cover of Rolling Stone and your albums may continue to sell. But as a forecaster of musical trends, forget it. Surf music never really went away. Hendrix was from Seattle, now the happening rock spot for at least this week. All you hear these days is Seattle-this, Seattle-that, how 'bout those Huskies and please don't move up here.
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February 17, 2005
Fullerton exhibit places this jammin' county in its proper place as the home of the Fender guitar, some important musicians and surf music. E4
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April 5, 2002 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new Grammy category for surf music? "I'm filling out the paperwork," says John Zambetti, a voting member of the Grammy-bestowing recording academy. He's also singer, songwriter and guitarist for the surf band the Malibooz. "Why not? They've got polka and merengue categories," he says. "Surf music has had a worldwide influence. People should really take a look."
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May 17, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Surf music--like ska, Cajun or any other specialized genre--runs the risk of boredom through repetition unless it's in the hands of genuinely imaginative players. Orange County is part of the Tigris and Euphrates of the surf-music world--surf-guitar pioneer Dick Dale and the Chantays ("Wipeout") developed in O.C.--which means there's a venerable history in surf music here that continues today. Two latter-day O.C.
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