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John Stewart RIP

Postby Richard + Jela » Sun Jan 20, 2008 3:57 pm

We learned yesterday the very sad news that John Stewart passed away at the age of 68 following a stroke.

His body of work stretches back almost 50 years and whilst he might be best remembered by many folks for writing 'Daydream Believer' recorded by the Monkees and 'Runaway Train' recorded by Roseanne Cash he was without doubt one of the foremost folk singers of this generation.

One of the best concerts I ever went to was his at a pub in Brighton; I almost didn't go because I had such a bad cold but he was just awesome. We saw him quite a few times on his trips to the UK and particularly have fond memories of seeing him on two consecutive nights in London in the company of Townes Van Zandt, Peter Rowan and Guy Clark -----WOW!

He will be very sorely missed in our household, amongst many others I'm sure, and our thoughts are with his family.

RIP John.


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Postby KarenZ » Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:14 am

I know our good friend TimB was a huge John Stewart fan.....here's a nice article in today's LA Times. I like the headline "singer-songwriter of folk".

John Stewart, 68, singer-songwriter of folk.

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Postby paddyinthepub » Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:44 pm

don't it always seem to go
you don't know what you've got
til it's gone


Joni Mitchell nailed it with that line -- from her song Big Yellow Taxi.

I bet I let a dozen chances to see John Stewart slip by. :oops:

I was moderately aware of his later work and success.....but had none of his storied history in the music world until reading about it via the link.

Interesting to read that Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac fame had studied a good portion of John's early stuff.

Sad news, indeed. I missed the news and want to send thanks out to Jela for passing along the sad news and to the hard working KarenZ for the link to the writeup that so succinctly captured John Stewart's contribution to the music world.
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