Exploring the intrigue of death...

 

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We lost Scottish folk singer Jean Redpath today, aged 77…

Jean Redpath: Fine Flowers in the Valley - from Love Is Teasin’, 1984

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We lost Nobel Literature Laureate, Nadine Gordimer, known for her anti-Apartheid stance. She died July 13, aged 90…
“Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.”
Photo: David Goldblatt, 1985

We lost Nobel Literature Laureate, Nadine Gordimer, known for her anti-Apartheid stance. She died July 13, aged 90…

“Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.”

Photo: David Goldblatt, 1985

Former Warhol Superstar, Ultra Violet, has left the confines, aged 78…
Ultra Violet: Luminous Computer Disk 1, no year gven - Aluminum, early glass computer diffracting disk, transformer, electrical

Former Warhol Superstar, Ultra Violet, has left the confines, aged 78…

Ultra Violet: Luminous Computer Disk 1, no year gven - Aluminum, early glass computer diffracting disk, transformer, electrical

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We lost the fabulous jazz vocalist Little Jimmy Scott last night, age 88…

Little Jimmy Scott: An Evening in Paradise, 1960

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Yesterday we lost Maya Angelou, a revered poet and spokesperson for black women and black culture, aged 86…

More than 50 years ago, she was a successful dancer, singer and performer, and even her calypso numbers were sharp and pointedly political:

Maya Angelou: Calypso Blues - from Miss Calypso, 1957

We lost H.R. Giger May 12, 2014, aged 74…

We lost H.R. Giger May 12, 2014, aged 74…

"On the shelves were the books bound in a cardboard-like material, pale, like tanned human skin, and the manuscripts were intact. In spite of the room’s having been shut up for many years, the air seemed fresher than in the rest of the house. Everything was so recent that several weeks later, when Úrsula went into the room with a pail of water and a brush to wash the floor, there was nothing for her to do. Aureliano Segundo was deep in the reading of a book. Although it had no cover and the title did not appear anywhere, the boy enjoyed the story of a woman who sat at a table and ate nothing but kernels of rice, which she picked up with a pin, and the story of the fisherman who borrowed a weight for his net from a neighbor and when he gave him a fish in payment later it had a diamond in its stomach, and the one about the lamp that fulfilled wishes and about flying carpets. Surprised, he asked Úrsula if all that was true and she answered him that it was, that many years ago the gypsies had brought magic lamps and flying mats to Macondo.
“What’s happening,” she sighed, “is that the world is slowly coming to an end and those things don’t come here any more.””
Good bye to Gabriel García Márquez, who died of pneumonia on April 17, 2014, aged 87…

"On the shelves were the books bound in a cardboard-like material, pale, like tanned human skin, and the manuscripts were intact. In spite of the room’s having been shut up for many years, the air seemed fresher than in the rest of the house. Everything was so recent that several weeks later, when Úrsula went into the room with a pail of water and a brush to wash the floor, there was nothing for her to do. Aureliano Segundo was deep in the reading of a book. Although it had no cover and the title did not appear anywhere, the boy enjoyed the story of a woman who sat at a table and ate nothing but kernels of rice, which she picked up with a pin, and the story of the fisherman who borrowed a weight for his net from a neighbor and when he gave him a fish in payment later it had a diamond in its stomach, and the one about the lamp that fulfilled wishes and about flying carpets. Surprised, he asked Úrsula if all that was true and she answered him that it was, that many years ago the gypsies had brought magic lamps and flying mats to Macondo.

“What’s happening,” she sighed, “is that the world is slowly coming to an end and those things don’t come here any more.””

Good bye to Gabriel García Márquez, who died of pneumonia on April 17, 2014, aged 87…

Jesse Winchester, singer-songwriter, died in his home today, aged 69…
Photo: Sandy Moss

Jesse Winchester, singer-songwriter, died in his home today, aged 69…

Photo: Sandy Moss

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We lost a great virtuoso today: Paco de Lucia, dead at 66…

Paco de Lucía: En la Caleta - from La fabulosa guitarra de Paco de Lucía, 1967

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Dolenz’s love song to his English ‘Wonder Girl’, Samantha - originally recorded 1967 w. The Monkees…

Micky Dolenz: Randy Scouse Git - from Remember, 2012

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Fashion model, TV presenter, first wife of Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees - Sandra Slater, later Samantha Juste, or Samantha Dolenz - passed away yesterday, aged 69, killed in her sleep by a massive stroke.
Photo: Samantha Juste in ‘67…
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Fashion model, TV presenter, first wife of Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees - Sandra Slater, later Samantha Juste, or Samantha Dolenz - passed away yesterday, aged 69, killed in her sleep by a massive stroke.

Photo: Samantha Juste in ‘67…

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Farewell, Pete Seeger: 1919 - Jan, 27, 2014…
Arlo Guthrie wrote this on his Facebook page:
"I usually do a little meditation and prayer every night before I go to sleep - Just part of the routine. Last night, I decided to go visit Pete Seeger for a while, just to spend a little time together, it was around 9 PM. So I was sitting in my home in Florida, having a lovely chat with Pete, who was in a hospital in New York City. That’s the great thing about thoughts and prayers- You can go or be anywhere. I simply wanted him to know that I loved him dearly, like a father in some ways, a mentor in others and just as a dear friend a lot of the time. I’d grown up that way - loving the Seegers - Pete & Toshi and all their family. I let him know I was having trouble writing his obituary (as I’d been asked) but it seemed just so silly and I couldn’t think of anything that didn’t sound trite or plain stupid. “They’ll say something appropriate in the news,” we agreed. We laughed, we talked, and I took my leave about 9:30 last night. “Arlo” he said, sounding just like the man I’ve known all of my life, “I guess I’ll see ya later.” I’ve always loved the rising and falling inflections in his voice. “Pete,” I said. “I guess we will.” I turned off the light and closed my eyes and fell asleep until very early this morning, about 3 AM when the texts and phone calls started coming in from friends telling me Pete had passed away. “Well, of course he passed away!” I’m telling everyone this morning. “But that doesn’t mean he’s gone.”“

Farewell, Pete Seeger: 1919 - Jan, 27, 2014…

Arlo Guthrie wrote this on his Facebook page:

"I usually do a little meditation and prayer every night before I go to sleep - Just part of the routine. Last night, I decided to go visit Pete Seeger for a while, just to spend a little time together, it was around 9 PM. So I was sitting in my home in Florida, having a lovely chat with Pete, who was in a hospital in New York City. That’s the great thing about thoughts and prayers- You can go or be anywhere. I simply wanted him to know that I loved him dearly, like a father in some ways, a mentor in others and just as a dear friend a lot of the time. I’d grown up that way - loving the Seegers - Pete & Toshi and all their family. I let him know I was having trouble writing his obituary (as I’d been asked) but it seemed just so silly and I couldn’t think of anything that didn’t sound trite or plain stupid. “They’ll say something appropriate in the news,” we agreed. We laughed, we talked, and I took my leave about 9:30 last night. “Arlo” he said, sounding just like the man I’ve known all of my life, “I guess I’ll see ya later.” I’ve always loved the rising and falling inflections in his voice. “Pete,” I said. “I guess we will.” I turned off the light and closed my eyes and fell asleep until very early this morning, about 3 AM when the texts and phone calls started coming in from friends telling me Pete had passed away. “Well, of course he passed away!” I’m telling everyone this morning. “But that doesn’t mean he’s gone.”“

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Amiri Baraka (1934 - Jan. 9, 2014) — R.I.P.

Above: Start With The Rain

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Good job, Nelson - you’ll be missed…
Photo: Eli Weinberg, Nelson Mandela portrait wearing traditional beads and a bed spread. Hiding out from the police during his period as the “black pimpernel,” 1961. Courtesy of IDAFSA.

Good job, Nelson - you’ll be missed…

Photo: Eli Weinberg, Nelson Mandela portrait wearing traditional beads and a bed spread. Hiding out from the police during his period as the “black pimpernel,” 1961. Courtesy of IDAFSA.

Doris Lessing - gone at age 94…
I’ve read her work for 37 years, from The Golden Notebook when I was a teenager, through her weird space opera/fantasy/dystopias in the early 1980s, to her memoirs and late biographical fiction in recent years.

Doris Lessing - gone at age 94…

I’ve read her work for 37 years, from The Golden Notebook when I was a teenager, through her weird space opera/fantasy/dystopias in the early 1980s, to her memoirs and late biographical fiction in recent years.