John Hughes 1950-2009
Legendary film director, 80's pop culture icon, and Michigan native John Hughes died this morning at age 59. Variety reports that Hughes suffered a heart attack during a morning walk in New York. Although not exactly having to do with Detroit concerts, Hughes movies were responsible for many moments that helped to define music pop culture.
The director of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Weird Science had a way of immortalizing artists such as Otis Redding, Simple Minds, the Psychedelic Furs, Kate Bush, and Dream Academy in the minds of youngsters. Beautiful 80's cinematography coupled with these artists forever created an association that entire generation would never forget. The number of bands that reference and quote Hughes movies is absolutely staggering.
With all of the music and cultural icons dropping like flies recently, society could really use one of the quirky happy endings that Hughes pulled off so well. To be honest, it's getting a little taxing to write about the deaths of some of my favorite artists. At least we still have Madonna and Cameron Crowe.
Click here for more coverage on John Hughes.