Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times

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Recent articles by Randy:

Leonard Cohen's "The Goal" new single: Listen

"Thanks for the Dance," a new album of songs begun by the singer-songwriter before his death in 2016 and completed by his son Adam, set for Nov. 22 release. → Read More

Brian Wilson shakes off concerns with confident, star-studded show at the Greek

Following mental health issues in June, and the subsequent death of his longtime guitarist, the Beach Boys co-founder sounded reassuringly strong in concert. → Read More

Eddie Money dead at 70: Hitmaker known for ‘Take Me Home Tonight,’ ‘Baby Hold On'

Singer-songwriter Eddie Money, whose hits include "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Baby Hold On," has died of cancer at age 70. → Read More

Jimmy Johnson, studio musician who backed the Stones, Aretha Franklin and others, dies

Alabama musician Jimmy Johnson, who played on or engineered dozens of R&B, soul and rock hits of the 1960s and '70s, has died at 76. → Read More

Aretha Franklin "Amazing Grace" film helps register voters

The gospel concert documentary will be shown in nine cities, anchoring the Poor People's Campaign to promote social, political and economic justice. → Read More

In 2019, country music has an identity crisis. For Ken Burns, it's a 100-year-old tale

Ken Burns' documentary series on the history of country music ends in the '90s, but its questions about race and authenticity echo today's "Old Town Road" debates. → Read More

Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire to host CMA Awards

Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire will host the annual CMA Awards, amid controversy over the lack of female artists on country radio → Read More

Peter Fonda dropped LSD with the Beatles, rode with Monkees

Peter Fonda's rock 'n' roll travels in the '60s found him tripping with the Beatles, riding motorcycles with the Monkees, even releasing his own single. → Read More

Megastar Garth Brooks revisits his roots at rare club gig in Bakersfield

Country superstar Garth Brooks took a break from touring stadiums to perform at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace, one of the stops on his Dive Bar Tour. → Read More

John Fogerty: Grateful Dead "sabotaged our chance" at Woodstock

Fifty years ago, Creedence Clearwater Revival was forced to follow a "drugged-out" Grateful Dead at Woodstock, resulting in a set they didn't want memorialized... until now. → Read More

Navy Vet Art Neville, Co-Founder of Meters and Neville Brothers, Dies at 81

Neville served two stints in the U.S. Navy in the 1950s. → Read More

Paul McCartney brings surprise guest — Ringo Starr — to sold-out Dodger Stadium

What a Beatle wants, a Beatle generally gets, even when it may require a bit of harmless subterfuge, as proved to be the case Saturday during Paul McCartney’s sold-out final U.S. stop on his 2019 Freshen Up tour. → Read More

Taylor Swift’s former record label draws criticism for repackaging her catalog

Fans expressed outrage that Big Machine, sold earlier in July to manager Scooter Braun, was hawking a limited-edition version of Swift's second-ever single. → Read More

Ringo Starr's 11th ‘Peace and Love’ birthday gathering draws rock-star pals, fans

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr continued his tradition of inviting fans and friends to join him at noon on his "Peace and Love" birthday every July 7. → Read More

Taylor Swift, entitled millionaire, is the labor activist the music industry needs

Taylor Swift's big dust-up with heavyweight music bizzers Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta is just the latest example of her advocacy for artists' rights. → Read More

SiriusXM unveils new L.A. headquarters, as competition with streamers heats up

Satellite radio service SiriusXM is investing in a major upgrade for West Coast-based programming with a new facility in Los Angeles. → Read More

The remaining Beatles believe in 'Yesterday,' says film's screenwriter

A big challenge behind director Danny Boyle's romantic comedy was bringing a sense of discovery to many of the most beloved pop songs ever. → Read More

Jade Jackson may be the next big country-rock star. But first, she has some tables to wait

Singer/songwriter Jade Jackson still works at her family's restaurant, but maybe for not much longer, as her new Mike Ness-produced album gets big early buzz. → Read More

Elliot Roberts, who managed Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, dies at 76

Longtime talent manager and music executive Elliot Roberts, who guided the careers of Neil Young and numerous others, fought to protect musicians' integrity. → Read More

Soundgarden, Tupac, Hole and more sue Universal Music over recordings destroyed in 2008 fire

Top artists filed a class-action lawsuit against UMG, seeking at least $100 million in damages for master recordings said to be destroyed in a 2008 fire. → Read More