Tag Archive for dead

R.I.P. Tony Sly

1970 – 2012 Tony Sly, the lead singer for Bay Area punk band No Use For A Name, has passed away at the age of 41.  Details have yet to be released, but Fat Wreck Chords announced his death earlier today.  No Use For A Name were among an assortment of bands who ruled the all ages scene in California… Read more →

R.I.P. Maurice Sendak

1928 – 2012 Maurice Sendak, author of Where The Wild Things Are, died this morning due to complications of a stroke.  He was 83 years old.  Looking back on his life’s work, I realize I only knew him for Where The Wild Things Are, which serves as quite a testament to how strong of an impact that book had on… Read more →

R.I.P. Adam Yauch (MCA)

1964 – 2012 Adam Yauch has died.  He was 47 years old.  The man known as MCA was diagnosed with cancer back in 2009 and today he succumbed to the disease.  Yauch was one third of the Beastie Boys — the group who started out punk before enraging parents in suburbs all over the country with Licensed To Ill, an… Read more →

R.I.P. Davy Jones

1945 – 2012 Multi-talented singer, actor and musician, Davy Jones, passed away in his sleep last night due to a massive heart attack.  He was found in bed at his home in Indiantown, Florida.  Jones was 66 years old, making him the youngest member of The Monkees.  To be honest, I probably couldn’t name more than a few Monkees songs,… Read more →

R.I.P. Napster

1999 – 2001: 2002 – 2011 In late ’99 / early ’00 I dedicated one of my computers to act as a Napster server, thereby assisting with the death of the music industry as we knew it.  So, depending on your opinion of where we are today, I can either say ‘I’m sorry’ or ‘you’re welcome’.  Napster hasn’t been a… Read more →

R.I.P. Jive Records

RCA Records has decided to close the doors on Jive, Arista and J Records, proving life really is…too short.  A quick glance over the current roster on these labels don’t reveal any reason to mourn, but there was a time when the Jive label could be found on stacks of cassette tapes and compact discs in my treasured collection.  I’m… Read more →

R.I.P. Amy Winehouse

1983 -2003 Amy Winehouse was confirmed dead after two ambulances were called to her home in London this morning.  She was 27 years old at the time of death, the same age as Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison.  The cause of death is being investigated. Read more →

R.I.P. Gerard Smith

Gerard Smith 1975 – 2011 TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith passed away this morning at the age of 36.  This news comes just one month after that band announced he was battling lung cancer.  I missed that announcement, had no clue he was sick and was looking forward to catching Smith and the rest of the Brooklyn crew… Read more →

R.I.P. Nate Dogg

1969 – 2011 Nate Dogg has passed away at the age of 41.  Details of his death have yet to be released, but he had suffered a stroke in both 2007 and 2008, the first one leaving the left side of his body paralyzed.  Nate Dogg was an invaluable asset to the second Golden Age of Rap, know as the… Read more →

R.I.P. Trish Keenan

1969 – 2011 Over the past year or so I have posted quite a few R.I.P. entries, but none has affected me more than this one.  I don’t know how old Trish Keenan was, but I do know she was way too young to die.  (update: she was 42) And although she isn’t the first (and won’t be the last)… Read more →