December 24, 2001 8:34 AM   Subscribe

Notable Deaths of 2001. I knew Ken Kesey, Eudora Welty, and Dale Evans had died this year, but had missed some death notices - R.I.P Gregory Corso, Joey Ramone, Poul Anderson, Sir Fred Hoyle.
posted by ferris (24 comments total)
Thanks for the Joey link. Even though it's old news, I hadn't read that obit, it definitely expressed a lot of my feelings about the man. I remember stumbling across the movie "Rock and Roll High School" on my neighbor's TV at age 9 and for better or worse I was changed forever.
Tom Carson once said that the Ramones were for "the sort of people who were such hopeless losers that they couldn't even be convincing as outlaws;far from romanticizing that status, the Ramones glorified their own inadequacy."
Speaking as one of those "sort of people" I have to thank Joey for being around and singing our song.
All the other folks you mentioned will definitely be missed as well along with Rufus Thomas, Stuart Adamson, George Harrison and of course the WTC victims. Joey's last live performance was at the Continental in the Village with a local punk outfit calle dthe Bullyboys whose guitarist's day job was being a NYC firfighter, he perished on 9/11. This years losses really hurt.
posted by jonmc at 8:56 AM on December 24, 2001

Something that I didn't know about until last night, but Dick Schaap, one of the best sports reporters ever, died December 21.
posted by internal at 9:03 AM on December 24, 2001

can't forget Edward Gorey...
posted by cadence at 9:12 AM on December 24, 2001

whoops, never mind... that was 2000... god, time's passing too quickly these days...
posted by cadence at 9:14 AM on December 24, 2001

Thuy Trang (original yellow Power Ranger), Jack Lemmon, Walter Mathau, Aaliyah, and (of course) the x amount involved with the event... on that day. More people.
posted by GirlFriday at 9:41 AM on December 24, 2001

Wait, not Walter. My bad.
posted by GirlFriday at 9:47 AM on December 24, 2001

Foster Brooks is no more?!!!
posted by BentPenguin at 10:15 AM on December 24, 2001

Avant-garde composer Iannis Xenakis.
posted by skwm at 10:16 AM on December 24, 2001

whoops...correct first link: Avant-garde composer ....
odd that it didn't work the first time - I cut and pasted the link directly from the browser window, so I have no idea how the caps were lost....
posted by skwm at 10:19 AM on December 24, 2001

Gregory Corso was my favourite poet. Read his Marriage poem
posted by scotty at 10:21 AM on December 24, 2001

When I heard of Joey's death, I couldn't help but think of the maudlin rock-n-roll heaven envisioned by many: Jimi and Janis, George and John, the whole MOR radio-friendly superset. Joey wouldn't like it there. I hope there's an annex, a slightly seedier locale that may not quite be in heaven proper, but you can perhaps see it from there. And in that place you'll find the others, the cast-offs, the drifters, the never-really-beens: Stiv Bators, El Jefe, gg allin, Will Shatter, Johnny Thunders, d. boon, Sid Vicious....hey, is Captain Sensible dead yet?

gabba gabba hey hey hey, goodbye.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 10:23 AM on December 24, 2001

GG Allin is in heaven? They must have really lowered their standards...
I ask you how things could get much worse
If the Russians happen to get up there first.
Wowee! Pretty scary!
posted by skwm at 10:35 AM on December 24, 2001

Rob Mitchel, co-founder of Warp Records (Aphex Twin, Autechre, Squarepusher, et. al) died in September.

posted by rhizome23 at 10:43 AM on December 24, 2001

Captain Sensible is still with us, thank god.
posted by rodii at 11:03 AM on December 24, 2001

Big Daddy Roth. April 4.
posted by mikemonteiro at 11:37 AM on December 24, 2001

mikemontero-forgot about Big Daddy, odd since my foam Rat Fink is sitting right here on top of my printer. Maybe him and Joey are hangin' out as we speak.
posted by jonmc at 11:48 AM on December 24, 2001

Joey Ramone got a lot of press... I found it really surprising to see his obituary on CNN a few months back. Of course, I can't help but recall the immortal words of my friend Corey: "I have a lot of trouble trusting any punk who survived the seventies." True, Joey was a lot more, ah, pop, than Steve Ignorant, of Crass, whom he was speaking of.
In any case, may he R.I.P.
posted by kaibutsu at 11:57 AM on December 24, 2001

Sorry, my second link gave the logo only for the site - this is it. Thanks for the Corso poem Scotty. Here's A. R. Ammons' Called into Play and John Lee Hooker's How Long Blues. Yeah, R.I.P.
posted by ferris at 1:05 PM on December 24, 2001

And here's an article about a tribute to Joey Ramone, by his brother, and some photos of the "King of Punk."
posted by ferris at 1:16 PM on December 24, 2001

Douglas Adams, 1952-2001.
posted by apathetic at 3:21 PM on December 24, 2001

don't forget Carl Crack, of Atari Teenage Riot.
posted by trioperative at 3:31 PM on December 24, 2001

Not to forget Dr Hugo Z Hackenbush.
posted by ferris at 8:21 PM on December 24, 2001

Death List continues its macabre way, equalling its best ever score.
posted by emf at 2:12 AM on December 26, 2001

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