Alvin Lee Still Calling From Beyond The Grave

This part I plagiarized just to save time:

British rock guitarist Alvin Lee, founder of the band Ten Years After who burst to stardom with a memorable Woodstock performance, has died. He was 68.

A statement posted on Lee’s official website said he died Wednesday March 6th unexpectedly from complications following a routine surgical procedure. Lee’s manager, Ron Rainey, said the guitarist died in Spain.

This part is all mine:

I have never been a huge follower of TYA or Alvin Lee. I’m too young to have been in on it from the beginning; about ten years short of being of the true Woodstock generation (which turns out well, or else I would have been 63 instead of my youthful 53 today), but I really like some of their stuff, I recognize their influence on generations hence and it’s always a sad day when a true trailblazer of the art form of Rock and Roll dies, particularly when it’s prematurely. I would say RIP, but I don’t believe in that shit. It was nice to have him around for as long as it lasted, though. He made the world a better place.

Here’s Alvin Lee playing Hear Me Calling in Budapest in 2010.

Here’s Slade, one of the many bands influenced by Lee/Ten Years After doing a helluva cover of Hear Me Calling.

fun? Not Really!

Just watched fun (the band) on SNL. I believe they also were on Stephen Colbert recently. I don’t get it. You get some guys together who can play basic three-chord rock, an androgynous singer who can’t hold a note to save his life, and suddenly they’re the hippest thing since someone came up with the term “I just vomited a little in my mouth”? Gimme a fuckin’ break!

Rock mostly died on December 31st 1979. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ too it!

The Rise and Fall of Modern Civilization – A Timeline

Negro slaves > Gospel & Blues > The birth of Rock & Roll > Late 60s, the 70s: The Golden Age of Rock & Roll > January 1st, 1980: total, enduring eclipse of the sun/the day the music died > Ronald Reagan, Wal-Mart, Billy Idol, Hip-Hop, AIDS, hair bands, grunge, 9/11, GWB, Afghanistan & Iraq, World Financial Collapse, Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santorum, Occupy Wall Street > ?