2020: Obits and Memorials
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MC Beaton (and her various aliases) has left us:
Ah, there goes Buck Henry:
Responsible for a lot of laughs in his lifetime.
SF writer Mike Resnick has died. No obit yet, here's his Wikipedia page:
>4 CliffBurns:, obit here from Tor.com
Wikipedia says he held the record among authors for most Hugo nominations (37).
Czech film maker Ivan Passer, director of "Cutter's Way":
Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for Canadian super group Rush:
>5 Cecrow: Does it mention the time he caused a re-organisation of the SFWA after he and Malzberg published sexist rants in the organisation's newsletter?
Personally, I thought he damaged his father's literary legacy by releasing "posthumous" works that were substandard and slapdash.
But I'm a well-known stick in the mud.
>9 CliffBurns: What astonishes me is that JRR's work consumed two lifetimes: one to write it, one to decipher and bring orderliness to it. With more to go, perhaps.
A whole scholarship built up around elves, over-ripe prose, bad songs and more padding than a rubber room.
>11 CliffBurns: I think it illustrates the power of visual design in marketing, because that first edition of The Hobbit had a fairly arresting cover design. And to be fair, Christopher Tolkien's map had a certain quirkiness that later imitators - well, only imitated. (At least he didn't have any rivers that flowed uphill, unlike others...)
But for that whole corpus to be built on such an unpromising start: I re-read The Hobbit last year for the first time in fifty-five (plus) years, and had issues with it: https://www.librarything.com/work/3206242/reviews/48917190 (Not quite "The Hobbit: a Marxist perspective", but I do pick at the world-building quite a bit.) Had Christopher T. not approached his self-imposed task with as much filial duty, we might not have ended up with such a bloated genre led by a bloated set of cornerstone texts.
Derek Fowlds, who played civil servant Bernard Woolley in the BBC's Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51147182
>12 RobertDay: Well-considered review, Robert. Thanks for posting the link.
>15 justifiedsinner:, that's not funny. Hard to believe it's been thirty years since Graham Chapman died.
>16 Cecrow: Apparently he had been suffering from dementia for several years. Also not funny.
Yes, since at least 2015. So sad, but He has made people laugh for so many years; may his memory be a blessing
Legendary news man Jim Lehrer:
Ive watched the McNeil/Lehrer most of my adult life. Do we have any of the great journalists left? He will be missed.
!!!!!! oh my goodness, so damn young, always loved watching him play. My condolences to his family, friends, team; may his memory be a blessing
Andy Gill, from Gang of Four:
Farewell to Charles Portis, author of TRUE GRIT (among other things):
Guitarist David Roback:
Clive Cussler, off to hack heaven:
>31 CliffBurns:, would not surprise me if his name continues to appear on covers, ala Tom Clancy.
I believe his son will continue his literary "legacy".
Be still my beating heart.
>31 CliffBurns: I really like his books. I listen to the audio books when I am driving.
A great original - Freeman Dyson:
Actor Max von Sydow
How about the change that comes over him in one memorable scene in "Virgin Spring" when he realizes his house guests are the men who attacked his daughter? From affable host to murderous berserker.
I thought we'd all agreed to retire the phrase 'murderous beserker' in tribute to Klaus Kinski after his obit was posted--?
A true avant-garde, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, of Throbbing Gristle fame:
Aurlus Mabélé, the king of Soukous
Not surprising but still sad: Kenny Rogers
Eric Weissberg of dueling banjos fame
Playwright Terrence McNally
Schlock horror director Stuart Gordon:
Harlem Globetrotters ball handling legend Curly Neal. I saw him when I was a kid.
saw them many times as a kid. Always amazing. I know have "Sweet Georgia Brown" whistling in my head, not a bad thing
Stanley Kubrick's favorite composer, Krzysztof Penderecki:
I didn't know he was still alive. Alive until recently that is obviously he isn't still alive. A shame that whilst Glass, Reich, Pärt are relatively well-known he isn't--the former are more accessible, I guess?--despite em er Stanley Kurbrick's endorsement. Highly recommend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu371CDZ0ws. Very powerful.
Sounds alas as if you might be supplying another link too soon. Radio programmes tonight playing a lot of John Prine with the comments normally heard after a death; apparently Prine is very ill indeed w. corvid19.
Hang in there, Big John!
"The Missing Years" is a favorite album of ours. Here's "Picture Show" from that album:
Musician and songwriter Bill Withers. He did 'Ain't No Sunsine' and 'Lean on Me'.
oh man, losing lots of musicians and song writers lately. Great singer, Aint No Sunshine is one of my fav songs. RIP may his memory be a blessing
Adam Schlesinger: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/apr/01/adam-schlesinger-fountains-of-wayn.... Tbh I'd not heard of him but quite a big deal was made of him on arts programme last night so perhaps this will mean something more to someone else here.
Sad to say the Angel from Montgomery never came. RIP John Prine.
oh no! We have lost a giant. (is it just me or have we been losing several musicians and song writers this last month?) Ive been listening to his music for 4 d ecades, and I will continue to do so the rest of my life RIP, may his memory be for a blessing.
thats an excellent obit from RS btw.
Cartoon tribute to John Prine:
Oh I loved Memory of Running! Havent read his others, but apparently he had dementia since 2014 :(
Longtime Actor Brian Dennehy; https://www.newser.com/story/289660/actor-brian-dennehy-dead-at-81.html
Wildlife photographer Peter Beard; https://www.newser.com/story/289830/famed-wildlife-photographer-found-dead-in-wo...
Deirdre Bair, biographer of Samuel Beckett:
This just in:
Beat poet Michael McClure has died.
Announcement from City Lights Bookstore.
Not COVID related.
Florian Schneider of Kraftwerk; https://www.newser.com/story/290551/kraftwerk-co-founder-dies.html
Brian Howe from Bad Company. https://www.tmz.com/2020/05/07/brian-anthony-howe-bad-comapny-dead-dies/
In this interview he talks about being cast on Seinfeld:
Bob Kulick, guitarist with Lou Reed and KISS: https://www.nme.com/news/music/lou-reed-meatloaf-guitarist-bob-kulick-has-died-2...
"He was a blisteringly magnificent solar flare of a human being. "
Tony Kushner on Larry Kramer:
Paolo Giorgio Ferri, Hunter of Looted Antiques
Fascinating life. Surprised there were no assassination attempts, he was going against some very powerful people. Tho sad that he said the amount he has found is probably 3% of what is still out there.
Italian officials continue to pursue scores of items they recognize from the looters’ dossiers whenever auction houses and dealers put them on the market.
“Paolo Ferri opened a road, and we hope it will not be abandoned,” Mr. Isman said.
Charles Webb, author of THE GRADUATE. A very unusual man, it turns out:
wow, no kidding. He seemed like he was very happy with his life, which I guess you'd have to be to live as he did.
Carl Reiner: a good, long life:
Ohhhhhhhhh! No surprise, but oh man what a talent. a good long life is right. Condolences to family and friends; may his memory be for a blessing (wondering where my copy of 2,000 year old man is)
ENNIO MORRICONE, who wrote the sound track to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and over 400 other films.
I was watching The Good, Bad & Ugly last night on Netflix oddly enough. Great copy of the flick on Netflix big rectangular screen, great resolution and good sound. I started watching the same movie on an over the air channel with commercials etc. when I remembered it was on Netflix.
Oh!!!! there's a piece from my high school/college days gone!!!! I got into country big time and was spending lots of nights dancing country swing to his songs. A life well lived certainly. May his memory be a blessing
Unfortunately, Daniels started revealing his reactionary views more and more as he got older and, I think, did some lasting damage to his musical legacy.
Yeah I didn't realize that.....too bad. Another one Ray Stevens went off the deep end as well; really loved his stuff years ago, looked for anything new, and came up with all these awful websites. Ah well I still have memories of good times of listening to both of them
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