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More sad music news:

pitchfork.com/news/41200-rip-broadcasts-trish-keenan/

Trish Keenan was the singer with Broadcast, who for a brief period (1998-2000) were one of my favourite bands. She posessed a lovely, lulling voice, for which the band's stately electronica provided the perfect setting.

Work and Non Work
,  a compilation of early EPs, and The Noise Made by People, Broadcast's first album proper, are both very fine works. The Book Lovers is perhaps my favourite song of theirs.

Trish Keenan died of pneumonia.

Sadly missed.



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Latterly a fine painter, originally a true musical one-off, from the mid-60s to the 80s the Captain supplied the exact opposite of Easy Listening. Trout Mask Replica remains one of my favourite albums, Moonlight on Vermont one of my favourite songs.

Another hero gone.

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Harry Patch, the last surviving British soldier who fought in the trenches of the Western Front, died yesterday aged 111.

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6954937.stm

Some years ago, after watching a particularly compelling television documentary about the fast dwindling band of World War One veterans, I was prompted to write The Peace Criminal, about a deluded (or was he?) old soldier. But there was nothing deluded about Harry Patch or, I suspect, any of his peers. He was just an ordinary man who witnessed appalling events and then went on to live an extraordinary number of years. Those events are now gone from living memory.

RIP


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