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April 30, 2006 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
THE years 1959 and 1960 were watershed one for jazz. Miles Davis recorded "Kind of Blue," the bestselling jazz album of all time, as well as his remarkable Gil Evans collaboration, "Sketches of Spain"; Ornette Coleman made his breakthrough debut in New York City; John Coltrane recorded "Giant Steps"; Dave Brubeck recorded "Take Five"; and the first bossa nova album, Joao Gilberto's "Chega de Saudade," was released.
March 25, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Fashion exhibitions at museums, like the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" show that set attendance records at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011, are more popular than ever. Here is a selection of what's on now and what's coming soon, in the U.S. and abroad. Diana Vreeland After Diana Vreeland | Dedicated to the style and passion of the late fashion icon, editor, traveler and Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute curator. Vreeland also worked as a special consultant to the museum from 1972 to the time of her death in 1989, setting the international standard for costume exhibitions.
April 25, 2006 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
William P. Gottlieb, a jazz journalist whose photographic images became nothing less than an archive of a golden era of music and musicians, has died. He was 89. Gottlieb died Sunday at his home in Great Neck, N.Y., of complications from a stroke he suffered late last week, according to his son, Ed. From 1938 to 1948, Gottlieb created a remarkable body of photographs.
November 25, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW
FACES "I work in all different materials, but I think each means something and has its own specific codes," says sculptor Rita McBride, who has three large pieces made of her latest material, rattan, on view at Margo Leavin Gallery on North Hilldale Avenue, through Dec. 22. "In some ways, rattan is very cheap and inelegant. It has kind of a trendy, '60s connotation--everybody has it in their home," says the spunky McBride, 30.
When Glenn Goldman propped open Book Soup's doors 25 years ago at the center of the Sunset Strip, the remnants of the '60s purple haze were on the wane and the Eagles ruled the airwaves. Head shops and strip joints book-ended his modest shop. Rock clubs like Filthy McNasty's and the Whisky A Go Go thudded through the night. And amid that wall-to-wall, post-psychedelia dissonance, E.L. Doctorow's syncopated look at turn-of-the century America, "Ragtime," was one of Goldman's first bestsellers.
June 30, 2002 | STEVE HOCHMAN
A lot of people will hear Tom Petty's upcoming album, "The Last DJ," as an indictment of the music business. The title song, for example, decries the centralization and depersonalization of radio programming. "Money Becomes King" is the narrative of a disheartened fan who watches a rock hero's values and art get lost in a sea of commercialism, to a point where the fan feels that "all the music gave me was a craving for lite beer." Petty, however, advises fans not to take things too literally.
It's time for our semiannual look at jazz on the Web. And with the proliferation of sites taking place, twice a year is barely often enough to cover some of the more interesting destinations. Record Companies. The news here, unfortunately, is not exactly encouraging, which is surprising, given that the Web has become such a powerful source of information for consumers. But Blue Note's Web site ( is cumbersome, generally out of date and often lacking in pertinent detail.
October 2, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
The extent to which a musician's life can mirror the evolution of society in 20th-Century America has never been more graphically illustrated than in "Bass Lines: The Stories and Photographs of Milt Hinton" (Temple University Press: $39.95, 328 pages). His family links go back to antebellum days (his mother's mother was a slave on a Vicksburg plantation) and to Africa (his father came here with a missionary group from Monrovia).
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