Anyone who grew up in the 70s, loving bands like Queen and David Bowie, knows the legacy of photographer Mick Rock. Along with the equally phenomenal Bob Gruen, Rock was a photographer whose skilled eye captured images – fleeting moments in rock history – that were every bit as important to the times as the music being made by those he was shooting. It is not at all surprising that Mick Rock is also known as “The Man Who Shot the 70s.” It was sad news indeed to hear of Rock’s passing on November 18th due to complications from a two-year battle with cancer. He is surely irreplaceable. RIP, Mick!
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I think it is no secret that most professional musicians do not enjoy the benefit of employer-provided health insurance, and that is just a shame, because it’s something everyone needs. Sadly, earlier this year, Roger Miret, vocalist for the legendary New York-based hardcore punk band Agnostic Front was diagnosed with cancer, and long road of tests and diagnoses lead to a complex surgery and lengthy hospital stay.
Alan Myers, drummer for the pioneering new wave rock band DEVO from 1976 to 1986, passed away on June 24th, 2013 after a long bout with Brain Cancer. He was 58 years old. Myers’ uniquely metronomic drumming style can be heard on now legendary DEVO albums such as Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Duty Now for the Future and Freedom of Choice, the title track of which is one of my favorite DEVO songs. RIP Alan.
Iconic Film Critic and author Roger Ebert passed away today, April 4th, 2013, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. The Chicago Tribune, has a loving obit at This Link. RIP Roger, I miss you already.
Wow, this is so sad. Just a few days after the death of disco legend Donna Summer, another Disco-era icon, Robin Gibb, member of The Bee Gees, has passed today, May 20th, 2012, following a long battle with cancer. Gibb was 62 years old. His death leaves his older brother Barry Gibb as the last surviving member of the group. Robin Gibb’s twin bother, Maurice, passed away in 2003. RIP, Robin, and thanks for all the great music.
Man, this is some sad news right there. Adam Yauch, founding member of the legendary Beastie Boys, has passed away today, May 4th, after hard fought three year battle with cancer. The rapper, also known as MCA, was 47 years old. In addition to his talent as a rapper and musician, Yauch was also a filmaker who, under the psuedonym Nathanial Hornblower, directed many of The Beastie Boys’ videos, including the 2006 Beastie Boys concert film Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That! Yauch is survived by his wife Dechen Wangdu, and their daughter. Rest in peace.