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On the passing of Spider John Koerner

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I was really saddened to learn that John Koerner had died. He was an extremely talented guitarist and folksinger who was a mentor to young Bob Dylan and a fixture in the music scene in Minneapolis, especially on the West Bank (of the Mississippi River). John was the last of[…]

The Los Angeles New Year’s Flood of 1934

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Ninety years ago, on New Years Eve, a powerful thunderstorm swept through the San Gabriel Mountains. It unleashed a violent flood of water, rocks, and mud that roared down the canyons, uprooted trees, destroyed homes, swept away cars, and resulted in nearly a hundred deaths. Five years later Woody Guthrie[…]

New Book By Darryl Holter: Driving Force: Automobiles and the New American City, 1900–1930

New Book Reveals L.A.’s Incredible Impact on the Early Auto Industry Click Here for all Driving Force Events and News Driving Force: Automobiles and the New American City, 1900–1930 is the First Major History of Car Dealers at Work LOS ANGELES —Have you ever wondered how and why Los Angeles[…]

Julia Holter Unveils Score for The Passion of Joan of Arc

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Julia is in the UK to lead performances of the score she composed for the incredible 1928 silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc. Her original score was performed in Los Angeles in 2017 and was scheduled to be performed at the Huddersfeld Contemporary Festival in 2020 until Covid[…]

Back In The Saddle Again

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Oliver Holter, my father, died this week at the age of 100. I was with him on September 1 for his 100th birthday. He died peacefully in his sleep under the loving care of my sister, Cyndy and niece, Kiera. Here is Dad’s obituary and a section from a book[…]

Resolution Calling for New Streaming Royalty to Fairly Pay Music Artists


Congresswoman Tlaib Introduces Resolution Calling for New Streaming Royalty to Fairly Pay Music Artists Aug 11, 2022 WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) introduced House Concurrent Resolution 102, a new resolution recognizing the need to establish a new royalty program that would directly compensate musicians with a fairer royalty payment every[…]

Darryl Holter: The Making of Radio Songs

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  85 Years since Woody Guthrie’s Radio Show in Los Angeles Darryl Holter: The Making of Radio Songs On July 19, 1937, Woody Guthrie and his cousin, Jack “Oklahoma” Guthrie, aired their first radio show on KFVD in Los Angeles. It was a fifteen-minute show that started at 8 a.m.[…]

Anaïs Mitchell and “Hadestown” Opens in Los Angeles

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After playing to sold-out audiences on Broadway prior to the pandemic, and winning a dozen Tony and Grammy Awards, the musical “Hadestown” arrived in Los Angles a few nights ago. Julia and I joined a jam-packed crowd at the Ahmanson Theatre two nights ago and it was a ball. Based[…]