Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday Reads

The mess that is our criminal justice system goes way, way beyond the Steven Avery case.

A couple of obituaries of musicians:

Dale Griffin, 67, drummer and a founding member of Mott the Hoople, has died. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease a decade ago:

The group was best known for their song “All the Young Dudes,” which was written and produced by David Bowie. Bowie also sang backing vocals on the track. The song is considered a classic glam rock anthem. It came in at number 256 on Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest songs list.

The band released eight albums during their original run and they reformed to celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2009, but Griffin was too sick to participate.

He died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday night, according to Peter Purnell from Angel Air records.

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Glenn Frey, also 67, of the Eagles, died in New York. He had been suffering from a number of health issues in recent months.

Frey had been battling intestinal issues for months and had surgery in November. We're told in the last few days his condition took a turn for the worse. He died in New York City.
Glenn co-wrote and sang most of the Eagles hits, including "Take It Easy," "Tequila Sunrise," "Lyin' Eyes," and "Heartache Tonight," to name a few. He also co-wrote "Hotel California" and "Desperado" with Don Henley and took home 6 Grammys with the band.

Now we are starting to get an increasing number of rock musicians of the 1960s-1970s who are dying more or less of natural causes.

We have in recent years seen an increase of people who have died who were prominent in television during the first couple of decades of its existence, and prior to that with actors from the classic era of films dying during the 1970s through the early 2000s, so it only makes sense that more rock musicians are now leaving the scene for good.

It still doesn't make me feel all that great because most of these people are in my generation.

Speaking of musicians, it is too bad Don McLean hasn't gone to prison for life over his crimes against the music industry for his putrid "American Pie" and other atrocities of the ear.

As it is, we will have to make do with a domestic abuse charge.

When it rains, it pours: Yet another rock musician, not as well known as Glenn Frey (who probably deserved a separate post on this blog since he was pretty famous) but still well known, has died. Dallas Taylor, 66, a sideman and drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, has died. According to his wife, he had been in bad health for quite a while.

Taylor had successfully battled a terminal liver disease thanks to receiving a liver transplant and also overcame alcoholism. He spent his later years becoming an addiction counselor.

In the late 1960s, Taylor met David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, joining them on their first album, "Crosby, Stills and Nash." He also performed with them when they added Neil Young and belatedly showed up at Woodstock.

"It took cajoling," Houskeeper said, "but they finally came."

At a time when excessive drug use was common in the music industry, Taylor's habit stood out. He was fired from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young after their 1970 album, "Déjà Vu." Keith Moon, the notoriously self-destructive drummer for the Who, warned Taylor about the price he ultimately would have to pay.

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