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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!

An Interview With Filmmaker Maya Korn

” Glass Cabin’s world premiere at Screamfest was such a blast! The fab horror audience responded in just the right places to exactly the right things.  Power to the programmers for placing it by the perfect psychological thriller companion film … Continue reading

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So Much Fun: An Interview With Ian McDonald

“It (King Crimson) was fun!  It was done with a tremendous amount of humor. The image of King Crimson is sort of this monstrous band, but it was so much fun!  We were just having a laugh.“– Ian McDonald Between … Continue reading

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Richard Lloyd Presents New Album ‘The Countdown’ with a Live, In-Store Acoustic Set at Amoeba Music in Hollywood!

“I can only be me. I can’t turn into somebody else. So every record I make is just a progression. I never felt the angst necessary to be a punk. I was too young to be a beatnik and too … Continue reading

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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

  “You’ve got to keep things ‘flying high’ in your personal life, Shirley! Stop letting people use and abuse you!  Remember: you are no one’s ‘little slave’…unless you want to be!” -Keith Emerson It’s hard to believe it, but yesterday … 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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