Dead Celebrity

I think the Noise11.com used Phil Everly’s birth date. Someone in their comments flagged it.

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They’re playing his music here on WPFW tonite:

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Sad to hear of the loss of a giant for good, James Loewen. His book Lies My Teacher Told Me and his work on sundown towns would each be an enormous legacy from one person.

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Very sad. He will be missed.

Here’s my copy

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I don’t know if these things were as prevalent elsewhere but in the UK there was a time when every hotel room had one.
Peter Corby, inventor of the Corby Trouser Press has died aged 97.

ETA the Today UK news link seems flaky - here’s The Mirror

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(For a moment there I thought this had something to do with Trouser Press.)

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This was in May:

Also from this spring; I could’ve sworn I’d heard him on Sirius since then:

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I love that the newspaper includes a screenshot of Alan and his dismantled trouser press because he was bored and i can’t decide if that’s a respectful tribute or not.

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A couple more pieces about Charlie Watts:

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First vaguely well known person dead of vaccine afaik. There was a winnowing of beloved musicians in the last year and a half from Covid though. I know it’s incredibly rare but she’s not a stat to those who loved and knew her and it’s sad we had to vaccinate rather than contain this at source.

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Roobarb was an exclusively UK experience for those who were kids at a certain point in time.

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And then there was this remix on TOTP.

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One of the absolute greats. A giant of music from a small island with a loud voice heard the world over.

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A complicated man with a complicated legacy. He was a portrait painter but suffered from facial agnosia and painted the majority of his best-known work after a spinal aneurism left him with only limited control of one arm. I admired him as a symbol of what humans can accomplish through talent and persistence and was really depressed when it turned out he was a misogynist jerk.

I’m not one to spend a lot of time trying to separate the art from the artist - Woody Allen, Egon Schiele, Roman Polanski, soon maybe Bob Dylan - I put them away and I don’t miss them. I’m struggling with Chuck Close, though.

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