Erik Himmelsbach-Weinstein

Erik Himmelsbach-Weinstein is the senior director of video for features and sports at the Los Angeles Times. The UC Berkeley graduate has also been an editor at Spin, Los Angeles Reader, Orange Coast and other publications. His work as a documentary writer/producer has appeared on VH1, ESPN, Food Network and NBC. He was part of the team nominated for a Best Sports Documentary Emmy in 2012 for ESPN’s “The Marinovich Project.”

Chicano Batman’s guitarist and singer Bardo Martinez (right) rocks a Florida crowd earlier this year with the band’s potent blend of garage rock, psychedelia and Latin sounds.

Chicano Batman’s Musical Stew

Latin, psychedelia and garage rock collide to make a unique but underappreciated sound

Pop group The GTOs (Girls Together Outrageously) pose for a Teenset magazine cover photo in 1969. Clockwise from top left: Miss Cynderella, Miss Sandra, Miss Christine and Miss Pamela.

Miss Christine: The Fast Life of a Rock Legend

Christine Frka was a muse to Alice Cooper, a secretary to Frank Zappa, and was a member of a pioneering all-girl band. She died at the age of 22

Exene Cervenka and Billy Zoom of X performing at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles last October on the legendary band’s 40th anniversary tour.

Los Angeles’ Wild Gift

Forty years on, X finally gets credit for its punky place in history. Erik Himmelsbach-Weinstein reflects on the band's impact — and what their music means today.

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