R.I.P. David Carradine (Kill Bill)

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Actor David Carradine (December 8, 1936 ) has passed away on June 4th 2009 in a hotel room in Bangkok. The cause of death is, at this moment, still unknown, though some sources claim he has hanged himself.

The actor got famous again recently for playing Bill in Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 1 & Vol. 2.

Wikipedia states: Carradine was known for his roles as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series Kung Fu (as well as the sequels in the 1980s and 1990s), as well as ‘Big’ Bill Shelly in Martin Scorsese’s Boxcar Bertha (1972), folksinger Woody Guthrie in Bound for Glory (1976) and Abel Rosenberg in Ingmar Bergman’s The Serpent’s Egg (1977).

Rest in peace, David.

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R.I.P. Jay Bennett

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The Chicago Sun-Times reports: Jay Bennett, a rock musician with deep ties to Chicago best known as a former member of Wilco, died early Sunday morning in downstate Urbana, where he had been running a recording studio, according to a spokesman for his family.

The singer and multi-instrumentalist was 45 years old.

“Early this morning, Jay died in his sleep and an autopsy is being performed,” said Edward Burch, a friend and musician who collaborated with Bennett on the 2005 album “The Palace at 4 a.m.” “The family is in mourning and is unavailable for comment at this time.”

Bennett was a member of Wilco from 1994 through 2001, and was a driving force behind their albums Being There, Summerteeth, and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, as well as their Mermaid Avenue collaborations with Billy Bragg. Bennett’s departure from the band, during the recording of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, was chronicled in the 2002 documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.

Earlier this month, Bennett made the news when he sued his former bandmate Jeff Tweedy over back royalties from the Wilco recordings he worked on, as well as compensation for his part in I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.

The Sun-Times reports that Wilco could not be reached for comment, since they are on tour in Spain.

R.I.P. JG Ballard

Famous wrter JG Ballard has pasted away yesterday on tha age of 78 (15 November 1930 – 19 April 2009).

His most famous work was Empire of the Sun (1984), in part because Spielberg directed an adaptation. But the bulk of his work dealt with negative visions on the future of man and society, as portrayed in The Drowned World (1962),  High Rise (1975) and in Kingdom Come (2006). Another famous adaptation was by the hand of David Cronenberg: Crash.

Read more about JG Ballard here, and more about his influence on rock music here