Music History

Published on September 7th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 791: The Last Hours of…

At some point, all of us will shuffle off this mortal coil and join the choir invisible. It doesn’t matter who you are, how much money you have or how famous you might be. In the end, we all die.

This really hits home when musicians we love disappear under the cloak of the Grim Reaper. It’s not like we personally know these people, but because their music helps us know ourselves, a little piece of them dies with them.

The circumstances of their passings vary: misadventure, accidents, overdoses, suicide. Some can be explained away while the circumstances of others will forever remain a mystery. With that in mind, let’s take a look back on the last hours of some musicians who left us too soon.

Songs heard on this week’s show:

Sid Vicious, My Way

Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart

Nirvana, I Hate Myself and Want to Die

Blind Melon, Change

Alice in Chains, Died

Amy Winehouse, Rehab

STP, Dead and Bloated

Soundgarden, Black Hole Sun

Official Creator of Playlists™, Eric Wilhite, put this together for us.

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The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.




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About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.

In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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