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John Hall Does It All

Larry Dvoskin | Posted 09.23.2016 | Books
Larry Dvoskin

John Hall co-wrote two of the most widely played songs on Top 40 radio during the 1970's that are still in constant rotation today. The hits "Still The One" and "Dance With Me." You may or may not connect the dots between the man, and the group he co-founded Orleans, but he is much more than this success story which alone would be a dream come true like winning the lottery for most musicians.

How Fame Kills!

L.E. Kalikow | Posted 07.12.2016 | Entertainment
L.E. Kalikow

A major record company president once told me I'd probably never be a star because, as he put it, "You wouldn't kill your mother for it." Although this may have been an oversimplification, it takes a special personality to strive for and thrive in the spotlight.

Did God Choose The Latest Powerball Winner?

Don McNay | Posted 05.15.2016 | Business
Don McNay

Will the Smith family be blessed or cursed by their "divine intervention?" God only knows.

Feel So Bad, So Good: Blues/Soul Singer Julie Rhodes at The Lizard Lounge

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 05.03.2016 | Entertainment
Sheila Moeschen

Julie Rhodes wants to make you feel bad in the best possible way. The crowd sandwiched into The Lizard Lounge, one of Boston's storied, shaggy music v...

Janis Joplin Once Sang 'A Woman Can Be Tough.' Amy Berg Film on PBS Says She Better Be

David Hinckley | Posted 04.28.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

When Amy Berg started working on a documentary about the late Janis Joplin, one of the suggestions she heard was that Joplin was "the Judy Garland of ...

Oops... I Missed the Billion $ by 2 Years! (Sounds Vulgar) but: THE SHOW MUST GO ON

Freddie Gershon | Posted 03.18.2016 | Entertainment
Freddie Gershon

When the late Lew Wasserman told me I was a "future scenarist," it was not his insightful sense about my rare psychic powers. Lew just realized that I...

Kathy Aoki "The Gwen Stefani Grand Burial Exhibition" at StARTup Art Fair Los Angeles

Lisa Derrick | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Star as god: David Bowie has proven that transcendent transmutation, complete with a constellation named after him. Yet even before Bowie's death, art...

Janis Joplin: 'Who You Are Is What You Settle For, You Know?'

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 12.12.2015 | Entertainment
Ronald Tiersky

For Janis Joplin authentic rock and roll country blues was a great ride while it lasted. She loved being famous (sweet revenge on her high school tormentors). She knew she'd seized the moment even if it ended unexpectedly soon and in pain. But the 60s were like that.

Arclight Cinemas Shine a Light on Women in Entertainment

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.03.2015 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Created and hosted by ArcLight's Executive Vice President Gretchen McCourt, the Women In Entertainment Summit will feature keynotes by Academy Award winner Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman.

Artist Spotlight: Electric Parlor

Morena Duwe | Posted 10.22.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Many current bands are blending the musical sensibilities of classic rock with modern elements, creating a sound that is as familiar as it is fresh. Los Angeles four-piece band, Electric Parlor, has crafted a groove-based rock-n'-roll sound that integrates the blues, soul and grit of a bygone era with a stylish new feel.

Janis Joplin's Psychedelic Porsche Could Soon Be Yours

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 09.18.2015 | Entertainment

Guys, look at this car. Janis Joplin drove this car. It's a 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet. That's cool. But not as cool as the paint job. The odd...

Documentary Chronicles The Tragic Story Of Amy Winehouse

Abby Tegnelia | Posted 08.25.2016 | Fifty
Abby Tegnelia

Gone-but-not-forgotten musician Amy Winehouse would have been 32 this year, and a new documentary is making sure her legacy stays alive.

Lena Hall at Café Carlyle: "I'm a B Side Kind of Girl"

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

She'll be performing at the Carlyle till April 18. Watt White, her music director said that the Carlyle may mark the beginning of a tour; he will be joining Hall in San Francisco, bringing "Sin and Salvation" to Feinstein's at Hotel Nikko.

Frank Sinatra: All or Nothing at All on HBO

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.04.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

But the premiere was a night for celebration, and not only for Sinatra. Turns out, director Alex Gibney, with his recently aired Going Clear, his film about the Church of Scientology, broke records for HBO. So after the 2-hour first half of Sinatra, a happy crowd filed into Porterhouse for Italian themed specialties of burrata caprese, filet mignon, spumoni and cannoli in abundance.

Natalie Portman Stuns As A Runaway Bride In New Ad

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.05.2015 | Weddings

Julia Roberts has some competition in the runaway bride category. On Wednesday, Dior released an ad -- or short film, as they're calling it -- tit...

Dartmouth and Women: What's Changed?

Gina Barreca | Posted 04.01.2015 | College
Gina Barreca

Being a woman at Dartmouth College in the 1970s was like having a double major. You were not only a freshman, you were also a "co-ed." You were not only a physics major or a government major, you were a "female" physics or government major--as if more estrogen in your system changed everything.

CD Review: 'The Great Escape' by The Great Escape

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts
Christopher Zoukis

The Great Escape, by design or by happenstance, is perfect for Top 40 radio. It's commercial and mainstream, while distinctive enough to avoid being classified as familiar or, worse, ordinary.

With or Without Jefferson Airplane, Jorma Kaukonen Keeps Flying

Michael Bialas | Posted 03.29.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

While the chance of all of them performing collectively again has been pooh-poohed recently, Kaukonen, who obligingly covered the subject in detail, leaves the door open for some type of formal get-together.

Women in Business Q&A: Malyn Joplin, Founder, Made for Pearl

Laura Dunn | Posted 03.05.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Growing up as the niece of Janis Joplin, Malyn Joplin accepted she had deep, significant roots in music history, but constantly struggled to find a deeper spiritual connection to her famous Aunt. A bold move out to California sparked a creative nerve in Malyn and drew her to fashion.

Betty Buckley on Her Life, Career and New Collaboration with T Bone Burnett

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 03.01.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

By the time she was just 19, Betty Buckley was already a veteran performer singing with a jazz trio at the Casa Del Sol Supper Club in her native Fort Worth. At 15, she had made her professional debut playing Dainty June in Gypsy.

Here Comes the Judge

Francis Levy | Posted 12.24.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Artists are attempting to find something through the maintenance of a practice but what is a politician or leader trying to find? The answer is usually a series of intelligent decisions that lead his country out of a quagmire.

First Nighter: Eric Comstock, Gabrielle Stravelli Light Up Cabaret

David Finkle | Posted 10.21.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Cabaret is alive and not quite yet reduced to gasping for breath in New York City.

Casey Kasem and the Death of American Mass Culture

Will Bunch | Posted 08.16.2014 | Entertainment
Will Bunch

His show arrived right at the moment when it seemed like America was coming apart, culturally, spiritually, and politically -- and promised us, in a tone that was relentlessly upbeat yet somehow never smarmy, that we actually could be one nation under a groove, that for three or four hours we could share a common bond.

Mike Myers Makes Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.04.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Who is Shep Gordon? Aside from his career in rock & roll, as Alice Cooper's manager among many other high profile clients, Shep Gordon invented the co...

The 27 Club in Rock Limbo via New Paradise Laboratories

Lew Whittington | Posted 08.03.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Putting deceased rock stars onstage usually means a pasty musical wrapped in creepy facsimiles of dead celebrities.