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  • He put the 'wah' in rock 'n' roll

    He put the 'wah' in rock 'n' roll
    You've probably seen Del Casher, sporting a yachtsman's cap as he cruises around town in his fire-engine-red sedan, and never given him a second look. But the 73-year-old musician, who operates a sound studio on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, is one of...
  • Clarence Clemons dies at 69; saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band

    Clarence Clemons dies at 69; saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band
    Saxophonist Clarence Clemons, an indispensable part of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band both for his full-throttle tenor sax work and his larger-than-life onstage persona as "the Big Man," died Saturday. He was 69. Clemons, who put his stamp on such...
  • Amy Winehouse and the 'girl group' sound

    Amy Winehouse and the 'girl group' sound
    When Amy Winehouse's album "Back to Black" first appeared on American charts, I was teaching the History of Rock at Johns Hopkins. Given my focus on the history of musical genres, I was immediately struck by her innovative use of the past. Ms. Winehouse...
  • Lollapalooza Day 1: Hello, Brazil, and Coldplay says 'So long' to Amy Winehouse

    Lollapalooza Day 1: Hello, Brazil, and Coldplay says 'So long' to Amy Winehouse
    Day 1 of Lollapalooza 2011 is in the books, as the first of 130 bands played on eight stages Friday in Grant Park. Attendance was maxed out – with 90,000 people expected each of three days at the festival. Here’s how Friday went down, with...
  • Lollapalooza Day 2: Rain, retro and Eminem

    Lollapalooza Day 2: Rain, retro and Eminem
    Day 2 of Lollapalooza in Grant Park has crossed the finish line. Here’s an hour-by-hour account with reporting from yours truly (GK) and the ever-vigilant Bob Gendron (BG): 11:44 a.m.: Want to go to Lollapalooza without having to buy tickets?...
  • Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford: Their greatest hits

    The songwriting world lost two titans Monday when Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber died within hours of each other. Ashford, 70, cowrote a string of hits with his wife, Valerie Simpson, that helped define soul, R&B and funk in the ‘60s, ‘70s and...
  • Speaker glues them to their seats

    Upon first hearing that Alan Jackson would be speaking at Flintridge Preparatory School, the students were a bit skeptical. We have had our share of monotonous speakers that we feel waste two hours of our lives while the adults next to us are riveted by...
  • Billy Strange dies at 81; guitarist, arranger for Presley, Nancy Sinatra

    Billy Strange dies at 81; guitarist, arranger for Presley, Nancy Sinatra
    Guitarist Billy Strange once took the kind of phone call that thousands of musicians receive only in their best and wildest dreams. "I was staying at a hotel in Nashville in 1965 when my telephone rang and this unmistakable voice said, 'Billy, this is...
  • TV review: 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World'

    TV review: 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World'
    "George Harrison: Living in the Material World," which premieres Wednesday and Thursday on HBO, is a long, lovely meditation on the Beatle sometimes called the Quiet One and the quiet one sometimes called a Beatle. Directed by Martin Scorsese at the...
  • Martin Scorsese takes big risks in HBO's 'George Harrison'

    Martin Scorsese takes big risks in HBO's 'George Harrison'
    I don't have time for a full review, but I do want to alert viewers to the premiere tonight on HBO of director Martin Scorsese's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World." This is one of the most ambitious and daring biographical films that I have...
  • How women such as Darlene Love rocked our world

    Bessie Smith to Lady Gaga is a wide swath in modern music, and "Women Who Rock" includes them and many in between Friday, Nov. 18, on PBS (check local listings). "Rock and roll is a very wide river," says filmmaker Carol Stein. She and Susan Wittenberg...