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Died On This Date (January 1, 2012) Esme Barrera / Music Lover

Posted by themusicsover on January 1, 2012

Esmeralda Barrera
1982 – January 1, 2012

Esme Barrera was an Austin, Texas music lover who became a familiar face throughout the city’s fabled music venues and just about anywhere music could be heard.  Barrera worked with special needs students at a local elementary school, but still found time to work part-time at Austin’s venerable record store, Waterloo Records.  She also volunteered as a counselor at a summer music camp known as Girls Rock Austin.  After ringing in the New Year at a nearby club, Barrera reportedly walked home alone. At 2:45 am, her badly beaten body was discovered by a friend inside her home.  She died of her injuries a short time later.  Initial reports indicated that the incident may have been related to other attacks reported in the area that same day.  A suspect was not immediately apprehended though composite sketches were distributed throughout the area.  Barrera’s brutal death quickly spread throughout the indie rock world and condolences soon followed.  Indiana singer Ted Leo tweeted “I was privileged to briefly know an inspirational person from Austin, Tx., who was murdered this NYE. Her name was Esme & she’ll be missed.”  YACHT posted, “The world’s lost a shining light, music cheerleader, and great human. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Esme Barrera. No words,” while Okkervil River tweeted info on how fans can contribute to cover funeral costs.  Esme Barrera was 29 years old when she passed away. [UPDATE] In December of 2012, the Austin Police Department announced that the Esme Barrera case was officially closed due to the “death of the offender.”  Police reportedly discovered the prime suspect dead of apparent self-asphyxiation in his own apartment a few weeks following Barrera’s death. The alleged perpetrator  was found with a plastic bag over his head.  He was also a suspect in at least five other similar attacks on women in the area.

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Died On This Date (March 2, 1991) Serge Gainsbourg / Influential French Singer-Songwriter & Actor

Posted by themusicsover on March 2, 2010

Serge Gainsbourg (Born Lucien Ginzberg)
April 2, 1921 – March 2, 1991

With Jane Birkin

With Jane Birkin

Born and raised in Paris, Serge Gainsbourg was an esoteric singer-songwriter, actor and director.  He is considered one of France’s most influential artists,  and although he  never really rose above cult status in the U.S. and other parts of the world, his songs have been covered by Belinda Carlisle, Okkervil River, Arcade Fire, Dionne Warwick, Placebo, Jarvis Cocker and more.  In some cases, the lyrics were translated into English.  His music is difficult to catagorize, in that he tended to jump from style to style, often dabbling in jazz, pop, reggae and electronica.  Perhaps his most famous song, “Je t’aime…moi non plus,” was first recorded by Brigitte Bardot, but then re-recorded by his soon-to-be girlfriend, Jane Birken.  It’s melody revolved around the simulated sounds of a female orgasm.  Even though (or more likely due to) many counries deaming it to “hot” for airlplay, and the vatican calling it offensive, the single reached number 1 on the UK charts in 1969.  Gainsbourg continued recording well into the ’80s, but he, along with his music, were becoming more and more eccentric.   One of his last records was the attention-grabbing  song,  “Incest de Citron,” or “Lemon Incest,” a duet with daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg.   Serge Gainsbourg died of a heart attack on March 2, 1991.

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