Observing Los Angeles

Musical rich kids

Sunday's New York Times Style section attended a backyard music festival of L.A. trust fund children and spots a trend. Excerpts:

Behind a sprawling home in Encino, a grassy Los Angeles neighborhood on the edge of the San Fernando Valley, the gathering of nearly 300 teenagers included students from many of the area’s elite private schools — Buckley, Oakwood, Marlborough, Crossroads, Wildwood, Campbell Hall — and more than a few were Hollywood offspring.

The well-heeled children of Los Angeles are often derided as a lacquered tribe consumed with shopping and status, a stereotype sustained by the likes of the recently revived “Beverly Hills, 90210” franchise. But a different scene has been thriving here lately, composed of kids in thrift-store threads churning out homespun indie music and flocking to shows often held in one another’s backyards and living rooms.

Naturally, some of them have record deals.

Also in the NYT: Ray Bradbury heads to Ventura to benefit the library.


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