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Died On This Date (April 18, 2013) Storm Thorgerson / Created Several Iconic Album Covers

Posted by themusicsover on April 18, 2013

Storm Thorgerson
February 28, 1944 – April 18, 2013

storm-thorgersonStorm Thorgerson was a renowned graphic artist whose catalog includes some of rock music’s most famous album covers. Born in Middlesex, England, Thorgerson went to high school with Syd Barrett and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame.  He eventually joined a graphic arts collective called Hipgnosis which created many popular album cover designs until closing shop in 1983.  He then went on to form his own design house, Storm Studios.  Arguably, Thorgerson’s most famous cover is the one he designed for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.  Often surreal in nature, his canon of work includes the covers of most of the Pink Floyd albums; the Cult‘s Electric; Led Zeppelin‘s Presence and In Through the Out Door; Peter Gabriel‘s three self-titled albums; as well as visually stunning covers for Muse, Phish, Megadeth, Catherine Wheel, Black Sabbath, the Cranberries, Genesis, Alan Parsons and many more.  Thorgerson also directed popular videos by the likes of Bruce Dickinson, Nik Kershaw, Paul Young, David Gilmour, and of course, Pink Floyd.  He suffered a stroke in 2003 but recovered and went back to work.  Sometime later, he was diagnosed with cancer and ultimately died from it on April 18, 2013.  Storm Thorgerson was 69 when he passed away.

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Died On This Date (April 1, 1992) Nigel Preston / The Cult

Posted by themusicsover on April 1, 2010

Nigel Preston
1959 – April 1, 1992

nigel-prestonNigel Preston was an English drummer who had worked with the Gun Club, Sex Gang Children among others.  He is perhaps best known as a the original drummer for the Cult, with whom he played on their breakout album, Love.  He and the band parted ways in June of 1985 after wage disagreements and his alleged erratic behavior.  Preston died of an apparent overdose on April 1, 1992 at the age of 32.


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Died On This Date (March 19, 1990) Andrew Wood / Mother Love Bone

Posted by themusicsover on March 19, 2010

Andrew Wood
January 6, 1966 – March 19, 1990

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Andrew Wood is best remembered as the lead singer of influential Seattle grunge band, Mother Love Bone.  Formed in 1988, Mother Love Bone was quickly embraced by the area youth thanks, in part, to Wood’s Robert Plant-like vocals and wildly charismatic presence on stage.  But before  Mother Love Bone could get its chance to likely become the biggest band of the grunge scene, Andrew Wood died of a heroin overdose and cerebral hemorrhage on the eve of their debut album.  He was just 24 years old.  Former band mates Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard went on to form Pearl Jam.  Bands like Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Faster Pussycat and the Cult have since paid tribute to Wood on various recordings.

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Died On This Date (February 1, 1991) Chris Schlosshardt / Sea Hags

Posted by themusicsover on February 1, 2010

Chris Schlosshardt
September 30, 1964 – February 1, 1991

Chris Schlosshardt was the founding bassist for sleazy glam metal band, Sea Hags.  Formed in San Francisco in 1985,  the band quickly built a sizable following thanks, in part, to early gigs with the likes of Motorhead, the Ramones and the Cramps.  They also made a good impression on several respected members within the music community.  Metallica’s Kirk Hammet and Ian Astbury of the Cult offered their help to the band in those early days.  In 1987, the band signed with Chrysalis Records who released their critically acclaimed debut the following year.  Even with high-profile tours however, the record failed to click with buyers.  Internal problems forced the band to break up in 1990.  On February 11, 1991, Chris Schlosshardt was found dead of pneumonia.  He was 26.



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Died On This Date (November 24, 2008) Michael Lee / Drummed For Robert Plant; Thin Lizzy

Posted by themusicsover on November 24, 2009

Michael Lee (Born Michael Pearson)
November 19, 1969 – November 24, 2008

Michael Lee was a respected English drummer who, after a short career as the with ’90s rock band, Little Angels, began recording and touring with many of the era’s greatest musicians.  His first gig of magnitude came in 1991 when he toured as part of the Cult’s band.  In 1993, he began working with Robert Plant on record and on tour.  That lead to a Led Zeppelin reunion of sorts when Plant began collaborating with Jimmy Page as Page and Plant.  While working with Plant, Lee co-wrote “Please Read the Letter” which won a Grammy for Plant and Alison Krauss in 2009.  Throughout his career, Lee also collaborated with a reconfigured Thin Lizzy, Quireboys, Lenny Kravitz, Ian Gillan, and Echo & The Bunnymen.  Michael Lee died of an epileptic seizure in his home at the age of 39.

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