| Oct 11, 2009
Robert Hilburn was pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times for 35 years, from the psychedelic era to the emergence of the iPod. He witnessed many of rock 'n' roll's seminal moments and interviewed virtually every major pop figure of the period. All...
| Feb 20, 2009
Phil Spector stood inside the front door of his mansion Thursday morning wearing a chocolate brown suit, a shiny gold tie and an impassive expression.
Before him, a group of people milled about on the crimson carpet of his foyer. They studied his...
| Feb 23, 2009
When it came to hiring expert witnesses for his murder defense, Phil Spector went for the top of the line. The scientists he retained to analyze evidence in the fatal shooting of an actress are a who's who of American forensics, the men who wrote the...
| Mar 24, 2009
Did ABBA ever make a bad record? For fans of the Swedish group's nearly two dozen U.S. hits, including ear candy like "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia," it's probably hard to imagine anything not being close to irresistible.
Sure enough: a new, nine-disc...
| Mar 30, 2009
At Phil Spector's murder trial last week, Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson flatly dismissed the testimony of a series of experts for the defense, calling them "pay-to-say" witnesses who received more than $400,000 in return for doing just what was expected...
| Mar 31, 2009
| 3:20 PM
The Times' March 29 editorial, "Spector — and expert witnesses — on trial," in which you raise questions about the credibility of expert witnesses retained by criminal defendants, and particularly Phil Spector, is disturbing not only because...
| Apr 10, 2009
Re “Opening up the arts school,” Opinion, April 8
Although I can sympathize with the feelings of the inner-city parents concerning the new arts school because my child too attends an overcrowded LAUSD high school, it makes sense...
| Oct 10, 2010
Few people can get away with telling an anecdote about being on safari in Africa and make it sound like a trip to the supermarket.
But for Elton John, that's precisely how and where he became inspired to call his keyboard-playing pal Leon Russell after...
| May 24, 2010
| 3:11 PM
| Feb 20, 2010
Steve Cooley's isn't a face that's all over YouTube or the nightly news, and he's fine with that. In spite of the celeb cases that have come through the county district attorney's office -- the decades-long case against Roman Polanski and murder cases...
| Dec 14, 2010
| 11:17 AM
This year's bountyof new holiday releases offers thoughts of the season from a slew of musicians, including a pair of singers who've officially "Got Talent," an "American Idol" alumnus, a neo-rockabilly hipster, a former member of an influential British...