Music impresario Kim Fowley dies aged 75

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Kim Fowley, the creator, manager and producer of all-female rock band The Runaways has died at the age of 75. He had been battling with cancer of the bladder.

Despite a history containing acrimony and legal battles between them, it is reported that Fowley had been cared for recently by former member of The Runaways, Cherie Curry.

Currie issued a statement reading: “Just before 8am this morning, Kim passed away at home with his wife Kara by his side.

“I am so blessed that I got to know you again, Kim – really get to know you on a personal level, and that we became friends. Mostly, that you spent time here at my home. It’s a time I will never forget.

“The last record you made is in good hands, and I’m so glad that record is mine. Thank you for starting my career when I was just a child. You are a genius. You are loved. Rest in peace, my friend.”

Lita Ford, a former member of The Runaways, tweeted: “My first manager, my start in the music industry, my first band put together by Kim. Sometimes I wonder if there would ever have been a Lita Ford without Kim Fowley.”

Fowley was immortalised by actor Michael Shannon in the 2010 movie The Runaways, based on Currie’s autobiography, and described the actor’s role as “the performance of a lifetime.”

Fowley co-wrote a number of successful songs, including The Runaways hit “Cherry Bomb”.

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Ronnie James Dio: 1942 – 2010

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Heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio passed away 4 years ago today. The vocalist fronted Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Heaven and Hell and, of course, Dio in his time.

His last public appearance was to accept the Best Vocalist award at Revolver magazine’s 2010 Golden Gods Awards ceremony. In tribute to the late singer, Revolver have posted both his acceptance of the award and his final interview with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor online.

You can watch them below.

R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio. 1942 – 2010.

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Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies aged 61

Bob CasaleDevo Guitarist Bob Casale has died. He was 61 years old.

Gerald Casale broke the news via the band’s Facebook page.

“As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning… He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.”

RIP Bob.

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Mick Farren (1943-2013)

Mick FarrenMick Farren, singer and author, has died aged 69.

It has been widely reported that he collapsed on stage at London’s Borderline on July 27th. He was playing with his band, The Deviants, at the time.

Hailing from Cheltenham, Farren wrote for the NME and was briefly editor for the International Times. He has published a memoir and numerous novels, as well as four books about Elvis Presley. A counterculture icon, he was probably best known for singing with The Deviants, but his exploits go much further and are many and varied.

Most recently, he co-authored the Omnibus book Classic Rock Posters: 60 Years Of posters, Flyers And Handbills: 1952–2012, and Headpress recently published an anthology of his writing, Elvis Died For Somebody’s Sins But Not Mine.