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2011: The Year In Death

Yup, we are all busy transitioning into a higher state of something or other and all we can do when famous rock stars die is say a fond adieu and grade them. GRADE THEM!!! Well, what can i tell you, it is in the nature of rock nyc to grade and list everything. Alphabetically… So here we go:

Amy Winehouse – This death had it all. Youth, genius, unfulfilled potential and a loss we will all pay for by the extinguising of a true geat. Grade: A+

Clarence Clemons – Lengendary sax man for the E Stret Band, got a great eulogy from his  boss. Grade: B+

Don Kirschner – Not just the TV rock shows but…

Gerard Smith – TV On The Radio bassist Grade: A-

Gil Scott-Heron – Rap long before rap was created. Grade: B

Ken Russel – Directed the Who's "Tommy", Roger Daltry's "Litzomania" and the Tchaikovky bio "The Music Lovers". Grade: D

Heavy D – Invented New jack swing. Grade: B

Jackie Levene – Doll By doll leader. Grade: C-

Jerry Leiber – His list of of songs, "Hound Dog" for one, is as long as rock and roll itself. Grade:B-

Jimmy Saville – Howz about that then? Grade: D+

John Barry – Wrote the James Bond theme (that was really him, he told me). Grade: C-

Loleata Holloway – Disco singer Grade: C-

Mikey Welsh – Ex Weezer, artist Grade: B+

Nick Ashford – Soul master. Grade: C+

Poly Styrene – The X-Ray Specs leader went indigo before she was gone  Grade: A

Sylvia Robinson – Rap pioneer Grade:C

Vaclev Havel – Rock and roll politician. Grade: D+

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