David Kirkpatrick

August 13, 2009

Les Paul, RIP

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 7:52 pm

The man, among many other things, changed electric guitar forever. And for the better. I proudly own a 1976 Kalamazoo cherry sunburst.

From the link:

Les Paul, 94, a Grammy Award-winning guitar virtuoso and inventor of the solid-body electric guitar who helped bring his instrument to the forefront of jazz and rock-and-roll performance, died Aug. 13 at a hospital in White Plains, N.Y. He had pneumonia.

June 23, 2008

George Carlin, RIP

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:42 am

Stand-up comedian George Carlin has died at 71 of heart failure.

His work the last few years was a lot of the old crank and not quite as funny, but he delivered many classic lines and honed some of the great comedy routines of the last forty-plus years. His voice and (strong) opinions will be missed.

From the link:

Carlin, who had a history of heart and drug-dependency problems, died at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT) after being admitted earlier in the afternoon for chest pains, spokesman Jeff Abraham told Reuters.

Known for his edgy, provocative material, Carlin achieved status as an anti-Establishment icon in the 1970s with stand-up bits full of drug references and a routine called “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television.” A regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of the routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the 1978 case, Federal Communications Commission vs. Pacifica Foundation, the top U.S. court ruled that the words cited in Carlin’s routine were indecent, and that the government’s broadcast regulator could ban them from being aired at times when children might be listening.

June 2, 2008

Bo Diddley, RIP

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:23 pm

Man, there’s been a spate of entertainment and arts deaths recently — I’ve run multiple RIPs and I certainly haven’t covered most of the significant events.

Bo Diddley, the man with the square guitar and a true rock & roll pioneer, is dead at 79. He’s probably better known for the guitar shape than of his actual music. A great artist and a great innovator. Bo, take your rightful spot in that celestial choir …

From the link:

In the 1950s, Mr. Diddley — along with Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewisand a few others — helped reshape the sound of popular music worldwide, building it on the templates of blues, southern gospel and rhythm and blues. His original style of R&B influenced generations of musicians. And his Bo Diddley syncopated beat — three strokes/rest/two strokes — became a stock rhythm of rock ’n’ roll.

Update: Here’s a link to a few relevant YouTube clips assembled by Reason’s Jesse Walker.