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Pair o’ Dice and the Blues

DAVID HONEYBOY EDWARDS The World Don’t Owe Me Nothing (Earwig Music) THE WORLD DON’T OWE ME NOTHING: The Life and Times of Delta Bluesman Honeyboy Edwards By DAVID HONEYBOY EDWARDS As told to JANIS MARTINSON and MICHAEL ROBERT FRANK Chicago Review Press 224 pages $24 hardcover Time has a way......
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Breaking the Law

The mere mention of Judas Priest undoubtedly stirs a shiver in any rock fan who came of age in the previous decade. The cheesy double-guitar onslaught of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, the grade-school lyrics of devils/testosterone/domination, and the band’s snarling leather-daddy ringleader, Rob Halford: All have left an indelible......

Letters

BURMA DEAR EDITOR: Re: "Myanmar’s Friend in City Hall?" [OffBeat, March 13–19]. As the City Council did during apartheid, so now it needs to take action to avoid supporting the cruel and corrupt government in Burma. The evidence is clear: The current government uses murder, torture, rape and forced labor......

Taxi Driver

"There will be no talking in any language," the middle-aged blond lady says severely from behind her desk. We listen respectfully. No one says a word. There are seven of us in a classroom at the back of the Parking Authority building next to the County Jail on Vignes Street......

Cool Like Her

THE COOL WORLD OF SHIRLEY CLARKE Five feature films and 15 film and video shorts At UCLA James Bridges Theater and at KAOS in Leimert Park For UCLA, call 310-206-3456; for KAOS, call 213-296-5717 April 16–22 "This all hasn’t been a waste," says Jason Holliday, commenting on his life for......

All the King’s Men

In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising. —Pauline Kael, 1973   Nearly three weeks after Titanic won 11 Academy Awards, the question that burns most brightly isn’t how much money the behemoth will eventually earn, but what the L.A. Times will......

Death Becomes Them

SONATINE Written and directed by TAKESHI KITANO Produced by MASAYUKI MORI HISAO NABESHIMA and TAKEO YOSHIDA Starring KITANO AYA KOKUMAI TETSU WATANABE and MASANOBU KATSUMURA Released by Miramax Rolling Thunder At Laemmle’s Sunset 5 CITY OF ANGELS Directed by BRAD SILBERLING Written by DANA STEVENS Based on the film Wings......
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This Week Sucked

VARIOUS ARTISTS Live at Raji’s 1987 (TON) Musty, dark, smoky, with an inescapable stench of stale beer, sweat and passion, Hollywood Boulevard rock pit Raji’s was, for mid-’80s postpunk music fans and rock & roll aspirants alike, the ultimate home away from home. Manager-booker Dobbs, doorman Bernie and beertender Autumn......
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Music Reviews – Apr 8, 1998

JOHN SCOFIELD A Go Go (Verve) John Scofield might have laughed if you told him his project with groovemen Medeski, Martin & Wood was going to be his best album ever. The jazz-guitar generalissimo probably figured he’d double-park outside the studio, blow through a few tunes to show the kids......
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English Frank, 1945–1998

English Frank was a true friend, and one of the most misunderstood people I’ve ever known. Those close to him, however, knew how thoughtful and considerate he really was. Maybe because he was adopted and an only child, he never took friendship for granted. Born Francis Reginald Kennington in Ealing,......