- "singer, writer, composer, punk rocker, poet, Radiator, Pogue"
- passed away from esophageal cancer on October 8th, far too young at only 56. He was most widely known as the Pogues’ rhythm guitarist, who penned
"Thousands Are Sailing
", a haunting ballad about Irish immigration to the USA that quickly became a live favourite (in later shows usually sung by Phil himself
). [more inside]
Layton Kor, one of the world's most prolific and admired rock climbers, has died
. [more inside]
Diagnosed in 2009 with synovial sarcoma, Jason Noble of Rodan, Rachel's, and Shipping News passed away August 4th
. Video: Rodan
, Shipping News
Pete Cosey dead at 68.
Though he had a career as a session guitarist prior to and had some important appearances after, Cosey is most well known for his brief time playing with Miles Davis (1973 - 1975) during an era of Miles' that has at times confounded critics*. Cosey appeared on Get Up with It, Dark Magus, Agharta
with Miles. [more inside]
"In 1955 "Rock Around the Clock
" went to the top of the charts and turned Bill Haley
into the king of rock and roll. Twenty-five years later, he was holed up in a pool house in Harlingen, TX, drunk, lonely, paranoid, and dying. After three decades of silence, his widow and his children tell the story of his years in Texas and his sad final days
Legendary artist Alton Kelley created a graphic style that rocked the world beginning in the psychedelic sixties. His concert posters
, logo designs, LP album covers, and fine art have forevermore defined that time. Kelley passed away
peacefully at home on Sunday, June 1, 2008 of complications from a long illness.
Todd Skinner falls to his death
Sport and free climbing pioneer/entrepreneur, Todd Skinner, died over the weekend in a 500-foot fall.
Sadly, it appears that his death was from a "..very worn.."
belay loop on his harness.
I met Todd about 10 years ago, and was struck by his warmth and enthusiasm. He spent almost three hours at a dingy Seattle climbing gym with about 10 neophyte femail climbers. He helped us all climb better and have more fun. He was generous with his praise, and offered truly helpful instruction - his ego did not get in the way (unlike many climbing instructors/"stars"). He'll be missed.
The King of the Jukebox who disturbed the status quo
They called rock music jump blues
during the World War II era, and this amazingly talented clown
was its master, with over fifty Top 10 R&B hits -- eighteen
reached #1 -- between 1942 and 1951. Chuck Berry identified with him "more than any other artist."
James Brown said, "He was everything"
and considered him one of the earliest rappers. A pioneer of music video
, the first black artist to cross over
from the "race" market to a white audience and a central link between big bands and rock
, he was a primary influence on Bill Haley
, Ray Charles
and B.B. King, who once said, "I wanted to be like him." Rest in peace
, Louis Jordan. [Dozens of one-minute song clips here
John Entwistle, The Who bassist, dies
in Las Vegas on the verge of a U.S. tour.
George Harrison is gone.
It's not totally unforseen
, but is still a little sad. Here comes the sun
has always been one of my favorites. It has a gentle way of making me smile. That's a nice legacy to leave people .