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Michael Simmons

Danny Goldberg

About a Man: On Managing Kurt Cobain

Music biz macher, political activist and author Danny Goldberg’s new book is Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain (Ecco), a reminiscence of his time as Nirvana’s co-manager and confidante to the band’s late leader....
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Joan Baez Takes a Knee — The Queen of Folk's Last Waltz

Last Saturday, Royce Hall at UCLA in Westwood was sold out for Joan Baez’s Fare Thee Well…Tour 2018. At the age of 77, the folk music icon and political activist decided to end formal touring after almost 60 years on the road with one last go around the U.S., U.K. and Europe. Before the concert her fans milled about Royce Hall’s lobby and outdoor patio. While all ages were represented, the majority were old enough to have seen her perform in the 1960s....

Oliver Stone

Despite our creation myth, the story of America can be legitimately explained as one motherfucker after another chopping down the cherry tree and not copping to it. Along with metaphorical trees, millions of Indians, blacks, Latinos, Asians, dissidents, free thinkers - and citizens of other nations - were bugled to......
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Beatles Stories

  Of Fabs & Fans   Cultural fragmentation is a pervasive marker of The Twenty-Worst Century, however virtually everyone adores The Beatles. Director Seth Swi...
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Hendrix on Hendrix

  Books   Best Proof That One Can Talk While Playing Guitar With One’s Teeth   “Once you are dead, you are made for life,” said Jimi Hendrix in 1969, a ye...
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Best Proof That One Can Talk While Playing Guitar With One’s Teeth

“Once you are dead, you are made for life,” said Jimi Hendrix in 1969, a year and a half before his sad departure. He’s thusly quoted in Hendrix on Hendrix (Chicago Review Press), Steven Roby’s third, truly fine book about the Master of the Stratocaster and the first in which Jimi does a majority of the talking. In this collection of most of the major interviews during Hendrix’s short but revolutionizing career, Roby shows the famously shy Seattle kid as a walking contradiction — voluble, self-effacing, outrageous, down-home, visionary and consistently fascinating. “I was schooled by radio and records,” Jimi says of his musical education. “My teachers were common sense and imagination.” He also indicates more than once that he was toying with a synthesis of rock and classical music — something he never got to do. Author/editor Roby will read from his book tonight, though he probably will not pour lighter fluid on it and torch it. The ’60s are so over, man. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Thurs., Oct. 11, 7 p.m. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com. Also at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Sat., Oct. 6, 7 p.m. (323) 660-1175, skylightbooks.com; Eso Won Books, 4331 Degnan Blvd., Leimert Park; Tues., Oct. 9, 7 p.m. (323) 290-1048, esowonbookstore.com; Larry Edmunds Bookshop, 6644 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Wed., Oct. 10, 7 p.m. (323) 463-3273, larryedmunds.com. Like Jimi’s spirit, all events are free; book is $24.95. —Michael Simmons...

Poems for Sociopaths

"At last, their smugness is united: their compatible vacuity, their insufferable beaming. They were meant for each other . . . ." So reads a portion of the opening poem from John Tottenham's new collection, Antiepithalamia & Other Poems of Regret and Resentment (Penny-Ante Editions). Epithalamia are classical odes to......

Sincerely L. Cohen

Sincerely L. Cohen As a young teenager, Leonard Cohen literally hypnotized the clothes off the family maid, an act followed by lifelong obsessions with the mysteries of consciousness and naked dames. Author/journalist/ukulele goddess Sylvie Simmons spent three years researching and writing the definitive Cohen biography I'm Your Man (Ecco), and......