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Matt Hurwitz

Matt Hurwitz is a Los Angeles-based entertainment journalist who writes about recording, filmmaking and television production. Besides Mix, he has written for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, DGA Magazine, ICG (Int’l Cinematographers Guild) Magazine, Reuters, Associated Press, USA Today and many others. He is also the author/co-author of books on The X-Files, Homeland and the most recent Planet of the Apes films.

Classic Track: 'Rhinestone Cowboy'

By the time 1974 rolled around, it had been five years since Glen Campbell had had a hit. The theme song to the film True Grit had received Oscar and Grammy nominations in 1969, which followed hit singles the previous two years, “Gentle On My Mind,” “By The Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman” (the latter two penned by Jimmy Webb). His hit CBS variety series, The Glen Campbell Goodtime......

Maddala Music Studios

Award-winning composer Vivek Maddala takes a moment to have a chat in his new studio, Maddala Music, in West L.A. near Venice. A lull in the conversation, however, reveals a flaw in his design. His dog, Django, is lightly licking a paw, the only sound heard in an otherwise positively dead quiet space. “He’s only ever ruined two takes,” the composer laughs. ......

‘The Godfather’ Live

Seeing Francis Ford Coppola’s mafia classic, The Godfather, on a big screen is special. But seeing it with Nino Rota’s unforgettable score performed live by an orchestra is an offer one should never refuse. ......

Classic Track: “Glad All Over,” The Dave Clark Five

Whenever the term “British Invasion” is bandied about, most of us think of those four cheeky lads from Liverpool. But there were more sounds coming out of the UK in those early days than just the Mersey Sound; there was also the Tottenham Sound, represented by The Dave Clark Five. The group’s first U.S. hit, “Glad All Over,” knocked The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” out of the top spot in......

Classic Track: ‘You’re No Good,’ Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt had her first hit single, “Different Drum,” in 1967 as a member of The Stone Poneys, then had a series of solo albums in the early 1970s following the group’s breakup. But it wasn’t until November 1974, 40 years ago this month, with the release of Heart Like a Wheel, produced by Peter Asher, and its leadoff single, “You’re No Good,” that the singer landed squarely at the top of......

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