Ongoing History of New Music

The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 994: The Last Moments of…Part 1

It’s always a shock when a rock star dies. Our first reaction is “What happened? How did this person die?”

That’s completely natural. Whenever we’re met with something incomprehensible, we demand an explanation. Sometimes one comes quickly while at other times, it takes days, weeks, months, and even years for the truth to come out—if at all.

And how much are we entitled to know? When do we cross the line from being curious and concerned to gawking and prurient and prying and invading very private space?

Yet there is something to be said for learning about how someone died. Maybe there’s a lesson to be learned or a cautionary tale, steps we or someone else can take to make sure something like this never happens again—or at least not as often.

A celebrity death is news, part of the public record. Wanting to know what happened helps us process the news and all the emotions that go along with such a death.

Besides, some will say that these doomed people are celebrities. As celebrities, they lived with the idea that the public was interested in multiple aspects of their existence, including how they died. It goes with the territory.

And one other thing crosses our minds: Could we ourselves ever meet such an end?

With all that in mind, let’s look at some notable rock star deaths, focusing on what happened in the last moments of their time on Earth.

Songs heard on this show:

  • Sid Vicious, My Way
  • Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • Bob Marley, Redemption Song
  • Kurt Cobain, I Hate Myself and Want to Die
  • Blind Melon, Change
  • INXS, Never Tear Us Apart (Live)
  • Kirsty MacColl, A New England
  • U2, In a Little While

Here’s Eric Wilhite’s playlist.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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2 thoughts on “The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 994: The Last Moments of…Part 1

  • 😔(a quick moment for the dead)😔

    Gimme a call. I might not have any answers.
    But I will always have an ear to lend.

    Stay strong.

  • I think this is episode 993, Alan.




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