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Shirley Pena

About Shirley Pena

A native of Southern California, Shirley Peña began her career as a music journalist almost twenty years ago, writing for her websites "Stars In My Eyes: the Girlhowdy Website" and "La Raza Rock!" and progressed to creating various fan sites on Yahoo, including the first for New Zealand singer/songwriter Tim Finn. From there, she became a free agent, arranging online interviews for Yahoo fan clubs with various music artists (Andy White, John Crawford, Debora Iyall, John Easdale, etc.). She also lent her support in creating and moderating a number of Yahoo fan clubs for various music artists from the 1990s-today. As a music journalist, Shirley Peña has contributed to a number of magazines (both hard copy and online), among them: Goldmine, American Songwriter, Classic Drummer Magazine and UK-based Keyboard Player (where she was a principal journalist). A self-confessed "fanatic" of 1960s "British Invasion" bands, Classic Rock and nostalgic "Old Hollywood ", she also keeps her finger on the pulse of current trends in music, with a keen eye for up and coming artists of special merit. Shirley Peña loves Los Angeles, and is thrilled to join the writing staff of The Los Angeles Beat!

American Girl: an Interview with Roxanne Fontana

“Well, she was an American girl, raised on promises. She couldn’t help thinking that there was a little more to life, somewhere else. After all it was a great big world, with lots of places to run to. And if … Continue reading

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CD Review: Clean Getaway by Ricky Byrd

“An important part of this journey is giving back and spreading the message. I do my best talking through music…as a recovery troubadour.”-Ricky Byrd For the last five years now, Hall of Famer Ricky Byrd, founder of the non-profit charity … Continue reading

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In Remembrance of a Lucky Man, Greg Lake: 1947-2016

“The greatest music is made for love, not for money.”-Greg Lake And let me assure you that Greg meant every word of it, too. Every word. Greg Lake lived to make music; music that he truly loved. Quality music. He … Continue reading

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Book Review: Everything is Combustible: Television, CBGB’s and Five Decades of Rock and Roll by Richard Lloyd

“One of the greatest guitarists ever: the truly unique Richard Lloyd.”- Johnny Marr Singer/songwriter and guitar virtuoso Richard Lloyd was the legendary guitarist for the seminal punk band Television. He has also enjoyed solo success since the 1980s. His new … Continue reading

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In Remembrance of Keith Emerson: 1944-2016

It’s hard to believe it, but yesterday marked the first anniversary of the death of a beloved Progressive rock music icon: Keith Emerson. It’s been 24 years since I met him, but in my mind it was only yesterday. My … Continue reading

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Malibu Bluffs Park Will Host ‘1,000 Butterfly Miracle’ Event on November 13th!

On Sunday, November 13th at 2 pm, 1,000 living butterflies (all native to California) will be released in Malibu Bluffs Park, in honor of mentors and role models who make miracles in people’s lives. The event is part of the … Continue reading

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2016 Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards

“There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance.”-Cesar Chavez This year’s Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards gala, held in the Crystal Ballroom of LA’s historic Millennium Biltmore … Continue reading

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“The Andersonville Trial” Onstage Now at Burbank’s Grove Theatre Center

“As we entered the place, a spectacle met our eyes that almost froze our blood with horror, and made our hearts fail within us.” ~ Robert H. Kellogg, Union Army Sergeant Major in the 16th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, Andersonville Prison, … Continue reading

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50th Anniversary César Chavez Legacy Awards Coming This Month!

“We invite you to join us in celebrating 50 years of justice, opportunity and change at our milestone Legacy Awards Gala. The celebration will bring together national and local Latino leaders from every sector of business, government, labor and education, … Continue reading

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DGA Award Winner Charles Haid Helms “Altman’s Last Stand” at the Zephyr Theatre

“Years ago, a now famous psychiatrist in London mentioned an Auschwitz survivor that he was treating. It had a profound effect on me when he told me that the elderly Jew had attempted suicide. That story continued to follow me. I gave this anonymous senior … Continue reading

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