Danny Elfman Speaks

An evening with the composer at the Grammy Museum on June 8.

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Grammy-winning film composer Danny Elfman is coming out from behind the mixing board and will appear at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on June 8 for a proper grilling about his life, work, and 25-year collaboration with director Tim Burton. Elfman and Burton are celebrating by releasing The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box, which was released by Warner Bros. Records on May 24.

The box set is said to be extraordinary: "It's crafted like a beautiful doll house and is big enough to fit two human heads in," said one insider. But then it'd have to be since it holds expanded versions of the 13 original scores that Elfman has composed for Burton's films - a newly produced library of 16 CDs, each packaged with artwork by Burton, adding up to more than 19 hours of music. There's also a bonus DVD of a recent fly-on-the-wall conversation between Elfman and Burton discussing every film they've worked on in the past two-and-a-half decades.

What makes Elfman's appearance extraordinary is that the composer - who used to be the singer and spiritual leader of the band Oingo Boingo until its demise in 1995 - never does any press, and the talk will be followed by questions from the audience, so this is your chance to ask him if any humans were hurt during the making of cult classic Edward Scissorhands, or if you could really sit on Chairy in Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the program begins at 8 p.m. American Express presale tickets are $20 and can be purchased right now at the museum box office or online at Ticketmaster. Public on-sale is Wednesday, June 1, at noon.

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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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