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Wednesday, October 27, 2004  
More musing on death.


I think part of the reason Peel (and also Clough) dying has hit me so hard is the fact that we're at a point in history were we've had 50 years of television, radio, pop music, magazines, popular culture - and that first generation of "normal" people to become famous on an every day level, people who everybody knew but who weren't superstars, who moved in a different moonlight to Cary Grant or James Dean or Marilyn Monroe but who were just as much a part of history and even more so a part of our lives... that first generation are all in their 60s and 70s now, and beginning to die of natural causes. Early deaths, rock star deaths, overdoses, spectacular car crashes, shootings… in a way are all much easier to accept than someone who has, for people under 40, always just been there, present, a building block of the popular culture, just dying, dying because they’re old and have run out of time to live.

NJS

10/27/2004 10:49:00 am

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous - 10:22 pm

The opening of "Ashes" sounds more than a little like "Dreams" by The Cranberries. Did you notice?

The sound was shit on "Later.." wasn't it. Did they complain?

 
Blogger Nick - 8:12 am

Why is this comment attached to a post about death?

The sound wasn't great on Later... but I was a little drunk so didn't really notice. I thought Rik's guitar playing stood out on Gravity. I can't say I've noticed the Cranberries link, either, or the Michelle McManus one.

 

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