Ongoing History of New Music

The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 995: The Last Moments Of…, part 2

When someone dies, our first reaction is disbelief. We’re stunned. That’s immediately followed by a need to know what happened. How? Where? It’s only natural. We need information to help us process the news and the emotion that comes with it.

The next stage might be “Could anything have been done to prevent this?” And “Could someone have helped or intervened?” In some cases, perhaps. In the case of health issues, maybe not.

And finally, there’s this question: “Could what happened to that person happen to me?” Again, totally normal.

When it comes to the death of a famous musician, there’s an additional aspect to processing the news. Chances are we never knew this person as, you know, a person. Our only relationship with them has been as a fan. So why does their death affect us?

Here’s a possible answer. Although we never knew them, it was through their music that we learned more about ourselves. And in a way, when they die, a little of us dies, too.

This might only cause us to go deeper into what happened. We just need to know, to make sense if it, and to put everything to rest the best we can. Yes, some people get very nosey and gossipy and intrusive, but there’s always a way to handle what’s known through the public record: family statements, doctors’ accounts, police reports, coroners’ testimony, toxicology examinations, and autopsy results.

And we often can’t look away because we just need to know. This is The Last Moments Of…, part two.

Songs heard on this show:

  • Alice in Chains, We Die Young
  • Amy Winehouse, Rehab
  • Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, Vasoline (Live)
  • Stone Temple Pilots, Big Empty
  • David Bowie, Lazarus
  • Chris Cornell, Nothing Compares to You
  • Linkin Park, In the End
  • Cranberries, Linger
  • Foo Fighters, Learn to Fly (Live)

As usual, Eric Wilhite has compiled a playlist for us.

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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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