Category Archives: RIP

Fontella Bass, RIP

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Levon Helm, RIP

Everybody in the world will post this, but what the hell. Don’t remember who said it, but the truest comment anybody ever made about Helm was that he was the only drummer who could make you cry.

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Dick Clark, RIP

Love him or hate him, he was a force, and though his last years, especially after his stroke, turned him into something of a joke, he did more to make rock and roll the center of popular culture than anyone … Continue reading

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Johnny Otis, RIP

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Sean Bonniwell, RIP

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Brian Rust, RIP

The father of the modern discography. More a data geek than a record geek (he kept his records in an unheated garage), though he did name his son after RCA Victor.

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Captain Beefheart R.I.P.

I was lucky enough to see the Captain once: January 15, 1981, his 40th birthday, just a year or two before his decision to retire as a musician. He looked tired and unhappy, maybe even a little lost, but the … Continue reading

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RIP Solomon Burke

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In memorium: When A Woman Loves

I’m assuming it’s no accident that this gorgeous retro-soul track from R. Kelly was leaked on the anniversary of Aaliyah’s death. Beautiful. Download here. Update: And now, the video (H/T Maura). It’s a retro-soul explosion.

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