Artist, illustrator and writer TONY MOSTROM has written for the Weekly about Books, Los Angeles history and the Arts since the late 1980s. From 2010-12 he wrote the L.A. Times’ L.A. THEN & NOW column about vintage crimes, eccentrics and disasters. His 350+ illustrations adorn Jack White’s recent Grammy-winning musical Box-set opus, THE RISE & FALL OF PARAMOUNT RECORDS, 1917-1932.
2 months ago | Film and TV
Hardcore David Lynch fans probably will come to this new book, Room to Dream, hoping to get the inside dope on where their hero’s creepy artistic vision came from and what it is that’s inside that feverish (non-severed) head. But be warned that Ro...
3 months ago | Punk
A goodly number of early L.A. punk and hardcore records were released on Frontier Records, which stands today as L.A.’s oldest and longest-running punk label. What’s most impressive about the whole Frontier enterprise is that the company has been ...
3 months ago | Books
Bestselling author and biographer-of-cities Gary Krist has chosen a focused biographical approach in his new book, The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination and the Invention of Los Angeles, which looks at early-20th century L.A. through th...
5 months ago | Books
Like Susan Atkins' memoir, Child of Satan, Child of God, this book comes from the POV of a religious, born-again ex-Mansonite. The difference is, unlike the repentant-but-guilty knife wielder Atkins, Dianne Lake was no sinner while she was in the ...
6 months ago | L.A. Stories
It was mostly young jazz musicians who pushed “America’s music” in an extremely radical direction, into something that was suddenly wildly dissonant, rough, freely improvised and emotionally explosive. Newsweek was quick to label the movement “the...