By: HitskeTue, 09/19/2017
The Very Best of Arvo Pärt | Brava Favorites

The music of Arvo Pärt is often identified with the school of minimalism, a branch of modern classical music defined by stripping down music to its bare essentials.

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By: Ben Fong-TorresMon, 07/03/2017
Remembering the Summer of Love, 50 Years After

In 1987, the San Francisco Chronicle noted the 20th anniversary with several articles, including this one, which I’ve edited for space. I have not updated it but should note that since then, we’ve lost three of the people I spoke with: Bill Graham, Jerry Garcia, and Paul Kantner.

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By: Ben Fong-TorresTue, 11/22/2016
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

In the way he’s accepted his Nobel Prize for literature, by seemingly not acknowledging it for so long that one of the awards committees called him “rude” and “arrogant,” Bob Dylan was being himself.

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By: Ben Fong-TorresMon, 11/14/2016
‘Hallelujah’ and farewell to Leonard Cohen

Only a few weeks before the news broke about his death, Leonard Cohen was the subject of a piece in The New Yorker, which detailed the ailments that had kept him off the road the past couple of years.

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By: Ben Fong-TorresFri, 07/15/2016
The Doors at the Bowl: Mick, LSD and a Moth

To play the Hollywood Bowl. For any musician, that has to be a career highlight. The Doors performed in that revered venue in 1968, and Ray Manzarek, in his interview for Qello Concerts, articulated the import of such an occasion.

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By: Ben Fong-TorresFri, 07/08/2016
The Dead at the End of ‘So Many Roads’

It’s not a sexy, round-number anniversary, but I bet Deadheads know that July 9 was the date of the last Grateful Dead concert with Jerry Garcia. That was in 1995, at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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By: Ben Fong-TorresTue, 05/24/2016
Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!

It’s a big week for rock star birthdays. Bob Dylan on the 24th (making him 75), Stevie Nicks on the 26th (she’s, cough, cough), and John Fogerty on the 28th (he was born in ’45).

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By: Ben Fong-TorresFri, 05/20/2016
Brian Wilson: ‘Singing with My Brothers’

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds, I’m thinking about the all-time lead Beach Boy, Brian Wilson.

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