Japanese American actress Tura Satana, best known for her role as Varla in Russ Meyer’s 1965 film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (for which she did all of her own stunts and fight scenes) passed away on January 4th, 2011, in Reno Nevada. She was 72. RIP Tura.
Actor Leslie Nielson, best known for his roles as Lt. Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun film franchise, has passed away from complications due to pneumonia. He was 84. I always thought he was very handsome. Rest in peace, funny man.
Jim Marshall’s Most Famous Shot: Johnny Cash at San Quentin Prison, 1969 (Image Source)
From Brooklyn Vegan
Legendary rock and roll photographer Jim Marshall died in his sleep Tuesday night (March 23rd). He was 74. Marshall is best known for his iconic shots of Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey Pop, The Who greeting the sunrise at Woodstock and Johnny Cash flipping the bird at San Quentin. He was chief photographer at Woodstock and was the only photographer allowed backstage at The Beatles’ final concert. Marshall had a special affinity with rock and roll artists, as he said himself, “I see the music.”
Jim Marshall had just published Match Prints (a new book by Marshall and fellow photographer Timothy White) and was due to appear at a media event for the book last night at fashion designer John Varvatos’ Spring Street store in New York City. Rip Jim.
Janis Joplin By Jim Marshall (Image Source)
Me with Bill at a Modern Drummer Party
On This Date, December 12th, in 2008, Modern Drummer Editor Bill Miller passed away after a long and hard-fought battle with melanoma. Bill was just 47 years old. I still miss Bill every day and I know that everyone at Modern Drummer does as well. He was not only a great editor who taught me so much about drumming and how to write about drummers, he was also a good friend. Rest in Peace, Bill.
On This Date, November 29th, in 2001: George Harrison died of brain cancer in a Hollywood Hills mansion that was once leased by Paul McCartney. He was 58 years old. I’ve been thinking of The Beatles and George (my favorite Beatle) so much lately, not only with the recent Beatles on Record special that was on the History Channel a few days ago, and the 39th anniversary of the release of All Things Must Pass, but also having spent a significant amount of time yesterday downloading all of The Beatles’ 16 CD remasters into my iTunes library (thanks Geoffrey). I love The Beatles so much, and it’s endlessly comforting to still have their music all around me even nearly forty years after they broke up. I miss you, George!
Peterson in 2008 With Blue Cheer Band Mates Paul Whaley and Duck MacDonald.
Blue Cheer bassist and lead singer Richard Allan “Dickie” Peterson has passed away on October 12th, in Erkelenz, Germany, where he lived, after a long fight against cancer. He was 63. I had Dinner with Dickie and other members of Blue Cheer a couple of years ago, and he was a really cool guy. More info from Blue Cheer’s publicist after the jump.