Thanatology? Well, early death feels like the rule of thumb… read em and weep:
1 – Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791) – the greatest composer of all time? If not him, who? Adept at every form of classical music, he was a beloved figure in his time and never went out of style. Mozart died at the age of 35 (not as young as it would be now, but he had another 10 years in hi, easy), while writing “Requiem” -it is difficult to imagine how much we lost.
2 – Buddy Holly (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) – In the process of inventing chamber pop, with a lifetime in front of him, he rock and roll died in a plane crash at the age of 21.
3 – John Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) – an incalculable loss, a revolutionary force in both pop and art and politics, he was murdered at the age of 40 for being John Lennon.
4 – Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) – The blueprint for r&b crooner to this very day and well beyond, the Motown superstar had just released the titanic Sexual Healing , and was murdered by his father at the age of forty.
5 – Biggie Smalls (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997) – The greatest rapper of all time, gone at 24
Plus one more? George Gershwin, swing and jazz composer, wrote the great American opera, and was dead at 39.
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A fast rock & roll song performed with a retro punk vibe
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – April 1983 (Volume 14, Number 11)
the final issue edited by Susan Whitall
hard rock meets classic rock meets Americana
Chuck D is at the Grammy Museum
On The Red Carpet For The Screening Of “The Beast Inside” At The Angelica Cinema, Sunday, January 29th, 2023: pictures by Billy Hess
a powerhouse performance by Sadie Katz and SohoJohnny as you never thought you’d see him
that SNL gig was excellent
Miley rises to top of the celebrity food chain
captivating, hooklined, country pop songs