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The Groovy Imitation Bands of 1960s Japanese Rock

7 When the Beatles arrived in Japan in June of 1966, they caused as much pandemonium when they did when they triggered Beatlemania in the United States in 1964.  A total of 8,400 policemen were mobilized for security at a cost of 90 million yen and more than 6,500 Japanese teenagers were taken into custody. They had been in Japan for 102 hours (and were paid 60 million yen). Japan had its very own ‘beat era’ during the 1960s that was heavily influenced by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, American hit music and psychedelic rock. It spawned an entirely new music genre known as ‘Group Sounds’ (GS), which saw over a hundred bands release vinyl records on major labels that imitated Western rock musicians. More than often, Group Sounds records did covers of the supergroups such as The Beatles, The Beegees and The Rolling Stones, translating the lyrics into Japanese. But the colourful, outfit co-ordinated bands also recorded their own Western-inspired moody ballads and syrupy pop songs. Some …

Los Angeles Park project could offer lessons for L.A. Olympic bid, Contaminated Remediation

Children play soccer on a field next to Downey Recreation Center that will be part of Albion Riverside Park, conceived a decade ago as a way to add much-needed park space to the working-class neighborhood of Lincoln Heights. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Contact Reporter Organizers of L.A.'s push to host the 2024 Summer Olympics have been looking at an Eastside rail yard as a possible location for a massive athletes' village — one capable of housing 17,000 people during the Games. City budget analysts say they worry about the cost and complexity of redeveloping such a heavily industrial parcel, which is next to the Los Angeles River. The skepticism over the rail property, known as Piggyback Yard, is also being fueled by the city's experience with another piece of industrial land in Lincoln Heights nearly a mile upstream. On nearby Albion Street, city officials have so far spent six years converting an old dairy distribution facility into a parkland. …

Endless Summer: 16 Smoking-Hot Pictures of Sunbathing Los Angeles and Orange County

Slather on some sunscreen, pull up a deck chair, and catch some rays while you enjoy these classics from our archives. By Becky Little Photo gallery by Whitney Johnson
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