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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterOK, so cut Peter Gabriel some slack for taking too long to finish an album: "Big Blue Ball," a long-simmering world music project he launched back in 1991, is finally surfacing today. In the intervening 17 years, he's released four other collections of...
Sun ReporterHair has been at the center of some of the biggest stories in pop culture this year: Why did Britney shave hers? Could Sanjaya have lasted this long on American Idol without his? But the most awaited hair affair may come tonight in Detroit, during the...
Francesca Lia Block is a Los Angeles writer with a unique voice that blends lush imagery, hip fairy tales and punk poetic lyricism. She is best known for her "Weetzie Bat" books, which premiered in 1989 and drew critical acclaim and a rapturous fan base...
Tags: Teen-agers, Iggy Pop, Cat Stevens, Patti Smith, Tori Amos
What could be more perfect on New Year's Eve than to be writing about -- what else? -- a bar. And not just any old bar -- a famous pub where Bette Davis, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Ginger Rogers and hundreds of others carved their names in the bar top....
Tags: Bars and Clubs, Banking, Celebrities, Louis Armstrong, Property
The premise of the new documentary "Young@Heart" makes it sound like some sort of bizarro-world " American Idol." Instead of lots of young people singing the songs of older folks in pursuit of fame and fortune and maybe a career in music, "Young@Heart"...
LOS ANGELES -- Back in the good old days, a bare navel was the must-have accessory at the Grammy Awards. Nearly everyone -- from Sinead O'Connor in a sports bra and jeans in 1989 to Sheryl Crow's yellow gown with a yard or two of missing fabric in 2005 --...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday April 3, 1998 Ireland's Neil Jordan has made some unforgettable movies, "Mona Lisa" and "The Crying Game," among them, but "The Butcher Boy" may just be his best. Jordan is remarkable in his ability to reveal people's inner lives and...
Knight Ridder/tribuneComing this fall: The Drama of the Troubled Diva. For the next four months, many of pop's juiciest plot lines will feature female singers struggling back from the brink. They include Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera and TLC, all of whom have spent far...
Sun Pop Music CriticAlthough hardly on the level of combat reporting, music reviewing is not without its perils. Over the years, I've been threatened by musicians, their managers and their girlfriends. I've been denounced from the stage, and ridiculed on the Internet. Once,...
Sun StaffMick O'Shea's saloon, North Charles Street, Friday night. The Guinness is flowing, thick and black as tar. The college students at the bar are working hard on their buzz, and the older people at the tables are picking at their salads and gazing...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIn March, Janet Jackson signed an unprecedented $40-million record contract. Nine days later brother Michael got a deal that guaranteed $65 million-plus. Suddenly, the recording business is looking like baseball with its escalating contracts. Will there...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterNot often this side of Sinead O'Connor has a pop superstar indulged in such very public self-psychoanalysis as does Michael Jackson in "Childhood," the bathos-filled ballad that is the centerpiece of his new songs on the album that arrives in stores...
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