RIP – Rock In Perpetuity

Rock music and its antecedents have now been with us for many decades. Alas, that now means that we are losing many significant artists, musicians and other key musical figures. Plus, sadly, there are those who we lose far too early. Here is where we appreciate their accomplishments and achievements as well as who they were as people and personalities.

Chris Cornell Helped Create a Rock Genre

The Soundgarden songwriter/vocalist/guitarist, was one of the architects of the grunge movement. He was found dead in Detroit following a May 17, 2017 gig

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Col. Bruce Hampton, Jam Band Hero, Dies Onstage

A legend of the Southern rock and jam band scenes, the veteran performer was participating in his own tribute concert when he collapsed.

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Allan Holdsworth, Fusion/Prog Guitar Great, Dies

A masterful guitarist who served as an inspiration to Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Neal Schon, Alex Lifeson and others, has passed.

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Bruce Langhorne, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ Inspiration, Dies

He not only played on several of Dylan’s greatest tunes but inspired one that defined its era. A consummate session musician has passed away.

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Molly Hatchet Bassist Banner Thomas Dies at 60

An early member of the Southern rock band, who played on their first four albums, and co-wrote their big hit “Flirtin’ With Disaster,” was still performing.

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Autograph Drummer Keni Richards Dead at 60

Remember “Turn on the Radio”? They were one of the MTV-era metal breakout bands from L.A. in the early ’80s and he was their original drummer. RIP.

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Lonnie Brooks, Chicago Blues Great, Dead at 83

The Grammy-nominated artist who combined Chicago blues, rock ’n’ roll, Memphis soul, swampy Louisiana grooves and country has passed.

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Sib Hashian, Original Boston Drummer, Dies at 67

The drummer who played on Boston’s smash debut album and its followup collapsed and passed away while performing on a rock legends cruise ship.

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Chuck Berry, Rock ‘n’ Roll Giant, Dead at 90

He was the poet laureate of rock ‘n’ roll, responsible for so much of the lyrical direction and guitar language of the music. One of the giants, gone at 90.

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James Cotton, Blues Harmonica Legend, Dies at 81

He began playing blues harp at age 9 and became one of the masters of the instrument, with more than 30 albums and countless guest appearances to his name.

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