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John Mortimer, a British lawyer and writer who created the character Horace Rumpole, a disheveled barrister memorably featured in the popular television series "Rumpole of the Bailey," died Friday at his home in Oxfordshire, England. He was 85. The cause...
For most people, spending time with a violent, Tabasco-guzzling Oregon anarchist, a teenage member of the Aryan Brotherhood, opera-loving lawyers whose dog fatally mauled an innocent woman and an eternally wired, drugged-out Hollywood agent would not be...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterManchester, England If you live in Los Angeles long enough, you forget how intoxicating height can be. Here I was, 23 stories up in the coolest new hotel in northwestern England, looking across several counties and several centuries. The bar at the...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe Chelsea Hotel had a beleaguered look. A tenant had draped several banners across the legendary establishment's red brick facade: "Stanley Bard is my hero," one banner proclaimed. The signs referred to the hotel's part-owner and longtime manager who...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThese days, with a recession on the way, housing prices tanking, the Dow out of control and an unpopular war that won't seem to end, a lot of Americans are feeling uneasy and confused. Recent surveys show a majority think the nation is on what pollsters...
Times Staff WriterIt's counter-intuitive to think you can cobble together a narrative out of anarchy, but filmmaker Paul Rachman manages to pull it off with "American Hardcore," a documentary exploring the 1980-86 formative years of the American hard-core punk scene...
Special to The TimesWomen dressed in punk-rock T-shirts, short skirts and fishnets skate menacingly, clacking loudly on concrete as they turn circles at breakneck speed. They shriek, bump, talk trash and shove each other to the ground, all in the name of thrills (and spills)...
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Special to The TimesTestifying to the ongoing Invasion, the kingdom's sounds enliven clubs and Angelenos find a cultural kinship. In a town where you can practically dance to the beat of the boom-bust cycle, and six months is a good run for a club night, one part of the...
Forward march back in time Exploring the fringes of today's folk scene is often like stepping into the Wayback Machine. Press one button, and you're in a forest, swaying gently to an acoustic guitar. Press another, and you're in a room staring at black-...
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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterYou have every reason to throw a party. There are signs of diplomatic progress in North Korea, America's Team is undefeated, and both the Sex Pistols and Spice Girls are getting back together (though not to form one band). But the best reason of all is...
Ron Asheton, whose scorching and energetic guitar work behind singer Iggy Pop in the Michigan punk band the Stooges established a new model of raw emotion for a succeeding generation of punk, grunge and alternative rockers, has died. He was 60. Asheton's...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterJune 25, 2008 Emotionally, William Butler Yeats was a 19th century man, and so his famous dictum that the creative soul must seek "perfection in the life or in the work" once seemed not only practical but also wise. What would the arch-poet have made,...
Tags: Biography (genre), England, Adultery, Television, Family
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