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NEARLY LOST YOU, MARK LANEGAN

One of today’s greatest, most distinctive, archetypal rock ‘n’ roll singers, Mark Lanegan, turned 57 today.
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Ah, Mark Lanegan turned 57 today (nearly lost you there!). He’s one of today’s greatest, most distinctive, archetypal rock ‘n’ roll singers. One of my biggest idols in vocal department.

I was pretty lucky, had a chance to see his performance at Pohoda Festival in Slovakia in 2017. On stage, he didn’t say much. Just a small introduction in the beginning and then pretty much silence—or mumble a bit—between songs. Well, I guess being tranquil is part of his persona, it exudes effortless charm. To hell with Kanye West and his foul mouth, you just stay cool and sing, Mark. Let people be stoked with your gritty as dirt, corrosive as alcohol, mountainous and gravelly voice.

The video here, Mark Lanegan covers Joy Division classic, “Disorder”, as part of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund’s recent “For The Crew” fundraising event; to support roadies who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Lanegan teamed up with the son of Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order), Jack Bates (Smashing Pumpkins, bass), Jeff Schroeder (Smashing Pumpkins, guitar), and drummer Shane Graham. All funds raised by this event went towards supporting out of work touring crews.

Mark Lanegan & Screaming Trees. Photo via Pinterest.

Happy birthday, dear Emperor!

• Read also KERRANG FIRST EVER ISSUE.

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Featured image via Dena Flows.

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

RUDOLF DETHU

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