Posted by themusicsover on August 21, 2010
March 31, 1969 – August 21, 2008
Jerry Finn was a well-respected producer who lent his talents to a who’s who of alternative rock, artists like Blink-182, Green Day, Sum 41, AFI, Rancid, the Offspring, Morrissey, Alkaline Trio and many others. While working on a Morrissey release in July of 2008, Finn suffered a massive brain hemmorage. Never regaining consciousness, he was taken off life support on August 9 and passed away twelve days later. He was just 39.
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Posted by themusicsover on July 13, 2010
February 3, 1949 – July 13, 2004
Arthur “Killer” Kane was the original bassist for the New York Dolls, the ’70s glam proto-punk band that unknowingly launched thousands of bands in their fiery wake. Just after graduating high school, Kane joined Actress, a group that consisted of future Dolls, Billy Murcia, Johnny Thunders and Rick Rivets. When Thunders grew tired of being lead singer, David Johansen came on board and the band was rechristened, New York Dolls. Sylvain Sylvain soon followed. Influenced equally by American R&B, punk, early Rolling Stones and the Detroit rock of the Stooges and MC5, the Dolls, delivered a sonic blast of primitive rock ‘n roll and a dynamic stage show fronted by the wild antics of Johansen. And as in-your-face as Johansen was, Kane stood stoic by his side, earning the tagline, “the only living statue in rock-and-roll.” In 1975, Thunders and Nolan left and Kane was fired, leading to the break-up of the band. Not really able to get much going post-Dolls, Kane moved to Los Angeles and for the most part, moved on from music. In the late ’80s, Kane became a Mormon and eventually found work in their Family History Center at their Los Angeles temple. In 2004, Morrissey offered the surviving Dolls (Kane, Sylvain, and Johansen) a slot at the Meltdown Festival in London. The band reunited, for the show and went on to record their first album in over 30 years. Sadly, just three weeks after the Meltdown show, Kane went to a Los Angeles hospital believing he caught the flu on the trip. He learned he actually had leukemia and was dead within a few hours. A fascinating and heartfelt documentary entitled New York Doll chronicles Kane’s post Doll’s life and his reunion with the band.
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Posted by themusicsover on April 29, 2010
May 26, 1946 – April 29, 1993
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Jack of all trades, Mick Ronson was one of those sidemen that brought out the best in those he played with. Whether it was David Bowie or Ian Hunter, Ronson’s contributions to their music helped define ’70s glam rock. But he was much more than a guitar-for-hire, as he was just as adept at songwriting, producing and arranging. Ronson’s direct influence can heard be on albums he either performed on or produced by the likes of Lou Reed, Morrissey, Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, David Johansen, Van Morrison, Elton John, Roger Daltrey and John Mellencamp. Ronson died of liver cancer on April 29, 1993 at the age of 46.
Posted in Arranger, Musician, Producer, Rock, Singer, Songwriter | Tagged: Bob Dylan, David Bowie, David Johansen, Elton John, Glam Rock, Ian Hunter, John Mellencamp, Lou Reed, Mick Ronson, Morrissey, Roger Daltrey, Roger McGuinn, Van Morrison, Ziggy Stardust | 2 Comments »