Archive for the ‘RIP’ Category
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.
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 besides the performers themselves. Michaelangelo provides the perfect obituary, along with some great clips, including Clark trying to interview Prince (and doing far better than just about anyone else would under the circumstances).
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.
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 music was brilliant as ever. This has always been a particular favorite; it’s like something from Herman Melville converted to song.