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Hits was a bi-weekly trade magazine published in Los Angeles, California, aimed at entertainment lawyers, agents, managers, and radio and label execs. It now operates via a website

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Lou Reed: New York State of Mind

Interview by Roy Trakin, Hits, 6 February 1989

Lou Reed's Sire/WB debut, New York, marks a welcome return to the wild side for the veteran Velvet Underground founder and street bard. It is ...

David Byrne: Everybody Mambo!

Interview by Michael Azerrad, Hits, 19 March 1990

NO DOUBT about it, the musical flavor of the week is Latin/Brazilian — even Paul Simon's recording an album of Brazilian music. It figures that ...

Travis Tritt: Hillbilly Rock

Interview by Holly Gleason, Hits, 9 July 1990


Kris Krosses Over

Interview by Amy Linden, Hits, 25 May 1992

They're young, they're cute and they're selling more records than the law should allow. It's Kris Kross, straight outta Atlanta... and puberty. Thirteen-year-olds Chris Smith ...

Tupac Shakur: Jailhouse Rap: An Exclusive Conversation With Suge Knight

Interview by Roy Trakin, Hits, 19 July 2000

MULE CREEK State Prison is the fourth jail rap entrepreneur Marion "Suge" Knight has been locked up in since he was given a nine-year sentence ...

Elvis Costello: Elvis Gets His Groove Back

Interview by Roy Trakin, Hits, 2002

THE ONCE-ANGRY young man of punk-rock is now practically a pop music singer-songwriting icon. It's been more than 25 years since a bespectacled nerd with ...

Phil Collins: His Turn to Testify: An Exclusive HITS dialogue with Phil Collins

Interview by Roy Trakin, Hits, 2002

JUST WHEN IT SEEMED like Phil Collins was ready to kick back and relax with his new wife Orianne and his 14-month-old son Nicholas in ...

Stan Cornyn: It's A Warner-Ful Life

Interview by Todd Everett, Hits, 10 April 2002

FOR MORE THAN 30 years, Stan Cornyn was the "voice" of Warner Bros. and Reprise Records. The company's image-setting print advertisements – offering free Topanga ...

Holland-Dozier-Holland: They Wrote The Songs

Profile and Interview by Roy Trakin, Hits, May 2003

An exclusive HITS dialogue with Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland by Roy Trakin ...

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana: In Utero: Kurt Cobain Speaks

Interview by Roy Trakin, Hits, 14 April 2004

NIRVANA'S ALBUM NEVERMIND was out about two weeks on Oct. 9, 1991, when I conducted the following phone interview with Kurt Cobain. ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: SMiLE When Your Heart Is Breaking: Brian Wilson

Interview by Roy Trakin, Hits, October 2004

"Come about hard and joinThe young and often spring you gaveI heard the wordWonderful thingA children's song" ('Surf’s Up') ...

Kings of Leon: Only by the Night

Review by Roy Trakin, Hits, 17 October 2008

IT'S NO MISTAKE that two of America's most promising rock groups are from the South, steeped in the area's blend of goth, ghosts and guilt. ...

Coldplay: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Hits, July 2009

WHY DO PEOPLE CONTINUE to hate on these guys? Is it a corollary of the Sting Effect, where there's just outright jealousy over a handsome ...

Peter Holsapple, Chris Stamey: Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey: Paul Rock's backyard, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Hits, July 2009

MAYBE THIS IS the future of the record business. On a balmy summer evening in L.A., we're gathered in a suburban backyard, twinkling lights strung ...

Lady Gaga: Staples Center, Los Angeles

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Hits, August 2010

I'VE HAD MY eye on the artist formerly known as Stefani Joanne Germanotta since May 2008, when I wrote about a local Hollywood showcase. ...

Lindsey Buckingham goes his own way

Interview by Bud Scoppa, Hits, 8 September 2011

Inside the Head — and the Home — of the Mainstream Rock Star Who's Conducted a Parallel Career as a Radical Solo Artist ...

Jonathan Richman: The Echo, Los Angeles

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Hits, 13 July 2012

IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME since I've seen the legendary founder of the Modern Lovers, the man-child my fellow companion at a show once showered ...

Mumford & Sons: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Hits, November 2012

"CAUSE I KNOW my weakness, know my voice," sings Marcus Mumford on the title track of Babel, the spectacularly successful U.K. folk-rockers' second album. "And ...

Neil Young: After The Gold Rush: The Legacy of Elliot Roberts

Obituary by Bud Scoppa, Hits, 22 June 2019

THE DICTIONARY definition of the word manager should have Elliot Roberts' picture alongside it. Roberts, who died on Friday, June 21, at the age of ...

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