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By Der Kosmonaut
"I want to live life to the ultimate high
Maybe I'll die young like heroes die"
-"Under The Cherry Moon" 1986
The above text from Prince neatly sums up the life of the most extraordinary artist of my lifetime. I actually cried when I received the awful news that Prince had passed from our existence. I don't know what's more shocking, his death or that I actually cried. In my lifetime since I first took music seriously at the age of 14, fifteen prominent musician have passed. All but one of them died too young. The fifteen are in chronological order: Scott La Rock of Boogie Down Productions (1987), Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (1994), Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon (1995), Tupac Shakur (1996) Biggie Smalls (1997), Michael Hutchence of INXS (1997), Falco (1998), Joe Strummer of The Clash (2002), Robert Palmer (2003), James Brown (2006), Richard Wright of Pink Floyd (2008), Michael Jackson (2009), Bob Casale of Devo (2014) David Bowie (2016), Prince (2016).
Labels: Art and Culture, Commentary, Der Kosmonaut, Music, Prince, Travel