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  • Bruce Lundvall
    Bruce Lundvall, the man who revived Blue Note, dead at 79
    Bruce Lundvall, the man who revived Blue Note Records, has died. Here is an excerpt from the New York Times obit.Bruce Lundvall, a record executive whose 25-year run at the helm of Blue Note, preceded by top positions at CBS and Elektra, made him...
  • B.B. King
    The King (but never the thrill) is gone: B.B. King dead at age 89
    I awoke this morning to the following text, short but eloquent in its sadness: “We lost B.B.”B.B. King – the King of the Blues, the artist who more than any other took blues from the juke joint to the concert hall – died...
  • SF Art Dealer Paule Anglim
    In Memoriam: The incomparable Paule Anglim
    The Bay Area art community has gone into mourning with the news that prominent dealer Paule Anglim passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in her Russian Hill home.A leader in in showing the some of San Francisco's most important...
  • Clark Terry
    Clark Terry dead at 94
    Jazz legend Clark Terry has died. Here is an excerpt from his New York Times obit.Clark Terry, one of the most popular and influential jazz trumpeters of his generation and an enthusiastic advocate of jazz education, died on Saturday in Pine Bluff...
  • Rod McKuen dies at 81
    Rod McKuen, pop culture poet and songwriter, dead at 81
    Rod McKuen died in Beverly Hills on Jan. 29 while flighting pneumonia. The poet,who was also a songwriter, a composer and a singer, was a pop culture phenomenon who wrote rhyme that made every female baby boomer weep while dreaming of great love....
  • Mercury Records
    Mercury Records co-founder Irwin Steinberg dead at 94
    Word has come this morning that Mercury Records co-founder Irwin Steinberg has died at age 94. The Chicago native graduated from the University of Chicago and served in the Air Corps before beginning his career in the music business. After...
  • Lauren Bacall
    Classic movie stars we lost in 2014: Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Shirley Temple
    This past year we said goodbye to a number of classic stars. Some had been around since the early days of Hollywood, such as former child actors Shirley Temple and Mickey Rooney, who were some of the biggest box-office stars of the 1930s.We also...
  • The activists, neighbors and stars we've lost in Studio City in 2014
    The activists, neighbors and stars we've lost in Studio City in 2014
    They were movie stars, TV stars, celebrities, activists. They were also our neighbor, our friends and our family. We lost them all this past year.Kenny Kingston the psychic who called Studio City home for most of his life, Mort Allen the real...
  • Phil Stern
    Photographer Phil Stern dead at 95
    Photographer Phil Stern, who was among World War II’s most famous chroniclers before turning his attention to Hollywood and the music industry, died over the weekend at age 95.Phil Stern, an award-winning photographer who lugged his camera...
  • Aaron and Nora
    Tear-jerking obituary divulges true identity of Spider-Man
    Describing the unique odyssey that is any individual’s fight with cancer is maybe best left to the person doing the fighting. Not to defer risks trivializing the arduousness of the battle and the perseverance required to see the fight...
  • Tim Hauser
    Still-grieving Manhattan Transfer come to Northern California this weekend
    Under normal circumstances, it would hardly be newsworthy to note that the Manhattan Transfer is coming to Northern California this weekend. After all, the veteran jazz-pop vocal ensemble has been performing before appreciative audiences here for...
  • David Redfern
    Jazz photographer David Redfern dead at 78
    Jazz photographer David Refern has died. Here is an excerpt from his New York Time obituary.David Redfern, whose photographs of Louis Armstrong, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra and others captured a half-century of popular music and formed the core of...
  • Trending: The selfie obituary
    Trending: The selfie obituary
    A vital but often underestimated precursor to the funeral is the obituary. It appears in the newspaper, provides salient facts including the place and time of the funeral (or memorial service) itself, and in general serves as an announcement that...
  • Jack Bruce
    Remembering Jack Bruce and his overlooked jazz gem
    The news came over the weekend regarding the death of Jack Bruce, the bassist best known for his ground-breaking work with Cream. It tends to get overlooked from this distance, given Eric Clapton’s ongoing and well-deserved celebrity, that...
  • Brent Bushnell and Sofia Carmi
    Brent Bushnell. In memorandum. 1940 - 2014
    San Francisco has lost one of stalwarts of the art world. An artist and an environment activist, Brent Bushnell passed away last month at the age of 75.Brent was born in Los Angeles but his parents decided to move back to Utah when he was six....
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