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October 19, 2013 | By Kari Howard
So this week they announced the latest crop of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees. And of course one of my favorites, Nirvana, is a lock. But our pop critic Randall Roberts gives these grim odds for a band I like even more, the Replacements: 25 to 1. Justice must be served to one of the best songwriters of the last 30 years, Paul Westerberg. Start lobbying the voting members now. It would be cool to create our own Hall of Fame here at The Times, with the writers behind the most legendary Column Ones (the retro term for Great Reads)
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October 19, 2013 | By Kari Howard
So this week they announced the latest crop of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees. And of course one of my favorites, Nirvana, is a lock. But our pop critic Randall Roberts gives these grim odds for a band I like even more, the Replacements: 25 to 1. Justice must be served to one of the best songwriters of the last 30 years, Paul Westerberg. Start lobbying the voting members now. It would be cool to create our own Hall of Fame here at The Times, with the writers behind the most legendary Column Ones (the retro term for Great Reads)
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November 12, 2003 | From Reuters
A British court has ordered veteran rock star Van Morrison to pay $66,868 in damages to a hotel owner who said the singer had ruined him by canceling a concert. Gary Marlow had sued the 58-year-old singer and his production company, Exile, for as much as $668,680 for cancellation of the concert at the Crown Hotel in Everleigh in August. He cited lost profits from tickets, alcohol, food and tobacco.
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November 18, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower "Blue Clouds" (Smithsonian Folkways) Elizabeth Mitchell is known to fans of small-batch indie rock as a member of the great New York City band Ida, which last released an album in 2008. Since then, Mitchell has spent more of her time making music for children with her husband (who also plays in Ida) and her young daughter. The singer's latest album merges the halves of that artistic identity: It complements traditional kiddie fare such as "Hop Up, My Ladies" and "Froggie Went a-Courtin'" with versions of tunes by rockers, including Jimi Hendrix and Van Morrison.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 1993 | RICHARD CROMELIN
If Lenny Kravitz can find a niche as a surrogate Jimi Hendrix/Sly Stone figure for people who came along too late for the originals, why not a band that offers the Van Morrison experience? That's the first impression created by the San Francisco-based Counting Crows. At the Whisky on Thursday, the five players' dramatic, folk-soul settings framed the taut, gravelly vocals of Adam Duritz, whose stabbing shouts, full wails and murmured passages had an improvisatory feel straight outta Belfast.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2007 | Scott Martelle
You knew he could sing, but did you know he was such a soundtrack king as well? Van Morrison's music has been included in nearly 50 films over the years, most recently in "The Departed" (a version of "Comfortably Numb"), a career that will get the pre-Oscar treatment Feb. 22 during the "Oscar Wilde: Honoring Irish Writing in Film" event at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. The event is the second annual program to benefit the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 1995 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Van the Man has committed a cardinal sin for an artist of his stature--he's become predictable. Little here distinguishes itself from the blues-jazz-rock hybrids of his last dozen or so albums. And where he used to transform the mundane into magic, these musings are merely, well, mundane. No epiphanies, no revelations, no point. New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 1997 | ROBERT HILBURN
Van Morrison is one of the most commanding figures of the modern pop era, someone who was marvelous when he made his U.S. chart debut in 1965 with the band Them and will continue to enchant audiences as long as he steps up to a microphone.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1990 | RICHARD CROMELIN
It takes Morrison's most intense singing in years, and a return to his bedrock of vintage soul and R&B, to rescue many of the songs here. The record is full of spontaneous interjections and exhortations, and the long fade-outs have an immediacy and life that's rare on mainstream records these days. "Enlightenment's" intriguing subtext is its focus on roots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2010 | By Don Heckman, Special to The Times
James Moody, a jazz saxophonist and flutist whose improvised solo on a recording of the song "I'm in the Mood for Love" became a jazz classic, died Thursday in San Diego, where he had lived in recent years. He was 85 and had pancreatic cancer. His death was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the San Diego Hospice. The recording, made in Stockholm in 1949, became a rare jazz hit as an instrumental. When singer King Pleasure recorded Eddie Jefferson's lyrics for Moody's improvisation in 1954, it became a cross-genre hit, subsequently recorded by singers ranging from Van Morrison, George Benson and Aretha Franklin to Tito Puente and Amy Winehouse.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2010
COMEDY Dirty Jokes for Clean Water Comedians Carlos Mencia, Maz Jobrani, Bobby Lee and Natasha Leggero band together to raise awareness of global clean water shortages with an evening of philanthropic ? though not necessarily P.C. ? stand-up. All proceeds will support Generosity Water's ongoing efforts to remedy the clean water crisis in developing nations. The Hollywood Improv , 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. 10 p.m. $35. www.improv.com/hollywood . POP MUSIC Van Morrison Fifty years into his career, the legendary (and legendarily cantankerous)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2010
BOOKS Greil Marcus In his new book, "When That Rough God Goes Riding: Listening to Van Morrison," formidable cultural critic Marcus waxes reverential on the Celtic bluesman's initially ignored, now-iconic "Astral Weeks," yet dismisses 16 albums' worth of Morrison's music from 1980 to 1996 as "characterless" and forgettable. Fighting words, to be sure, for Van Morrison's legion of devotees; but the author of "Lipstick Traces" and "The Old, Weird America" is nothing if not willfully idiosyncratic when it comes to writing about the legends of rock 'n' roll he adores.
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May 6, 2010
In his new book, "When That Rough God Goes Riding: Listening to Van Morrison," formidable cultural critic Greil Marcus waxes reverential on the Celtic bluesman's initially ignored, now-iconic "Astral Weeks" yet dismisses 16 albums' worth of Morrison's music from 1980 to 1996 as "characterless" and forgettable. Fighting words, to be sure, for Van Morrison's legion of devotees; but the author of "Lipstick Traces" and "The Old, Weird America" is nothing if not willfully idiosyncratic when it comes to writing about legends of rock 'n' roll he adores.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2010
Regarded as "the William Faulkner of jazz," pianist and songwriter Mose Allison counts Elvis Costello, Van Morrison and Ray Davies among his legion of fans. Possessed with a honeyed voice and a humorist's eye for detail, Allison is midway through a six-city tour previewing the spring release of his first album in 12 years, "The Way of the World," produced by Largo favorite Joe Henry. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. Sat.-Sun., 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $35. (310) 855-0350.
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September 18, 2009 | Associated Press
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has lined up many of its members for a blowout concert celebrating its 25th anniversary. Bruce Springsteen, U2, Stevie Wonder, Metallica and Aretha Franklin are among the performers. The concert will take place over two nights next month at New York's Madison Square Garden, with highlights shown on HBO over Thanksgiving weekend. Other performers include Eric Clapton; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Paul Simon with and without Art Garfunkel; Jackson Browne; Chuck Berry; Van Morrison; Jerry Lee Lewis; Sting; and James Taylor.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2009 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
Let's not mince words. It's Rock Week on "American Idol," so what better time to get down to the nitty-gritty and remember that music is a physical thing? "Rock" can mean many things -- an amplified noise, an excuse for wearing leather, a way that white guys got to play the blues -- but on the blank blue stage of "Idol," it was reduced to this: the gale force of breath that rushes through a singer's body and becomes a storm that startles the crowd screaming at his or her feet.
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