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Died On This Date (December 29, 2013) Ben Curtis / Secret Machines, School Of Seven Bells

Posted by themusicsover on December 29, 2013

Ben Curtis
September 23, 1978 – December 29, 2013

ben-curtisBen Curtis was a founding member of  the two popular indie rock bands, Secret Machines and School Of Seven Bells.  Born in Layton, Oklahoma, Curtis moved to Dallas, Texas while still in junior high.  A gifted guitarist, drummer and songwriter, he and his brother, Brandon Curtis, formed Secret Machines in 2000 and moved the band to New York City.  The space rock group released several acclaimed singles, EPs and albums and even opened for u2 during a 2006 show in Mexico.  In 2007, Curtis and identical twins, Claudia Deheza and  Alejandra Deheza launched School Of Seven Bells, a popular shoegaze band who went on to release numerous records to critical acclaim as well. Their most recent LP, Ghostory, came out in 2013.  Curtis also played in UFOFU and Tripping Daisy during his career.  In early 2013, it was announced that he had been diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma but initially, that it was treatable.  In August of 2013, several musicians held a benefit concert to raise money to help with his medical expenses.  Devendra Banhart along with members of Interpol and the Strokes took part.  Ben Curtis ultimately died from the cancer on December 29, 2013.  He was 35.

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Died On This Date (October 5, 2011) Bert Jansch / Scottish Folk Great

Posted by themusicsover on October 5, 2011

Bert Jansch
November 3, 1943 – October 5, 2011

A highly influential singer-songwriter, Bert Jansch was one of the cornerstones of the British folk revival of the ’60s.  Cited as an influence by no less than Neil Young, Jimmy Page, and  Paul Simon, Jansch’s mark was made on younger generations as well as evident by praise from and collaborations with the likes of Devendra Banhart, Pete Doherty, Johnny Marr, and Beth Orton.  Considered a virtuoso of the acoustic guitar, he is often mentioned in the same breath as John Fahey or Leo Kottke.  Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Jansch launched his career in 1960 and began building a following by playing British folk clubs.  By the mid ’60s he was hitchhiking and busking across Europe.  He soon settled in London where he recorded his first album, Bert Jansch, which has since been included in the reference guide, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.   In 1968, Jansch co-founded Pentangle, a British folk supergroup of sorts that counted John Renbourn, Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson, and Terry Cox among its members.  Perhaps a bit more jazz and baroque influenced than Jansch’s solo work, the group was one of the most popular of its kind during the late ’60s and early ’70s.   Pentangle disbanded in 1973 after which Jansch moved to a farm and took a bit of a break from the business.  He had regrouped by the end of the ’70s and continued on as a solo performer but reunited with Pentangle during the ’80s.  He continued on and off with the band for the better part of the next decade.  The 2000s found Jansch enjoying a renaissance of sorts, as evident by releases coming out on such hipster indie labels as Drag City and Cooking Vinyl.  His 2006 release for Drag City, The Black Swan, is considered one of his finest.  As reported by ABC News, Bert Jansch died of lung cancer on October 5, 2011.  He was 67.

Thanks to Harold Lepidus for the assist.

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Died On This Date (February 22, 2001) John Fahey / Folk Guitar Legend

Posted by themusicsover on February 22, 2010

John Fahey
February 28, 1939 – February 22, 2001

john-fahey John Fahey was an influential folk and blues guitarist who is revered for his minimalistic steel string finger-picking style of play.  Fahey bought his first guitar at the age of 13, and by the time he was 20, he was making his own recordings.  Besides his amazing guitar skill, what separated Fahey from most other musicians at the time, was that he started his own record label, Takoma Records through which to release while he was still just a teenager.  Through all this, Fahey continued his education, eventually earning a Master’s degree in folklore from UCLA.  As a musicologist, Fahey tracked down the long forgotten blues great, Bukka White whom he recorded and helped re-launch a career during the folk and blues revival of the early ’60s.  And he did the same for Skip James.  Fahey continued to release his own outstanding guitar-centric albums throughout the ’70s while helping to launch the careers of the likes of Leo Kottke, George Winston and Robbie Basho.  In recent years, he has been noted as a direct influence by such contemporary musicians as M. Ward, Sufjan Stevens, Devendra Banhart, and Sonic Youth’s Lee Renaldo.  Health and financial problems plagued John Fahey during his final years, and he was reportedly living out of cheap hotels until on February 22, 2001, he died following bypass surgery at the age of 61.

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Died On This Date (December 5, 2009) Jack Rose / Gifted Freak-Folk Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on December 5, 2009

Jack Rose
February 16, 1971 – December 5, 2009

Jack Rose was an acoustic guitarist and co-founder of the indie rock band, Pelt.  The band released a few EPs before Rose went off on his own, recording in a musical style reminiscent of John Fahey, Sandy Bull, and Robbie Basho.   In 2002, he released his first album on Eclipse Records, and then released several more LPs and EPs over the next seven years.  He also had a track on Devendra Banhart’s critically acclaimed freak folk compilation, Golden Apples of the Sun.  His records have been praised by such cutting edge media as The Wire and Pitchfork.  Rose recently finished his tenth album, Luck in the Valley, which is set for release in early 2010.  Jack Rose, 38, suffered a fatal heart attack on December 5, 2009.

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