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Did you know that as a library patron you have access to The New York Times and its incredible catalogue of stories, from arts and culture to food and climate—all available online for free with your Los Angeles Public Library card? Join us this summer as we begin to explore all this renowned paper has to offer, bringing it off the page and onto the stage at the Mark Taper Auditorium at Central Library.

From Haight-Ashbury to Compton and all the beaches and highways in between, the many forms of California living have inspired some of the most legendary songs in music history. The New York Times’s chief pop music critic Jon Pareles and our California Today correspondent Jill Cowan talk about the songs, artists and musical genres that emerged from California. They’ll also share their ultimate California playlist (Will it line up with yours?) in this special event that will move from discussion to dancing!

Jon Pareles

Jon Pareles has been the chief popular music critic at The New York Times since 1988. In those years, Mr. Pareles has watched Adele rehearse for a world tour, visited U2 recording sessions in Dublin, talked with Justin Bieber about how to make a hit, shopped for bling with Pharrell, partied all night with Bjork in Iceland, interviewed James Brown on prison work release, attended a private trance ceremony in Morocco, paraded in carnival costume in Rio de Janeiro, spent an evening at Radiohead’s favorite pub and been personally denounced from the stage of Madison Square Garden by Axl Rose at Guns’ N’ Roses concerts. Twice.

Jill Cowan

Jill Cowan is the California Today correspondent for The New York Times, where she gets to keep tabs on the most important things happening in her home state every day.

Image Credit: Karsten Moran for The New York Times

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