Randy Newman Really Loves L.A.

The Songwriter Talks About His Hometown’s Proud Ignorance, His Fascination with America, and the Darkness and Humanity of His Characters

Randy Newman & Gregory Rodriguez

Randy Newman once told Playboy that although he’s not a confessional artist, he thinks people can still tell what he’s like from his work—despite the multitude of subjects he tackles and voices he takes on. But who is Randy Newman as a man? What’s in his head? And is he a product of Los Angeles? In a wide-ranging “Thinking L.A.” event with Newman that was co-presented by UCLA, Zócalo publisher and founder Gregory Rodriguez asked the songwriter to talk about his L.A. childhood, how he creates his characters, and the …

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