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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Major Rockstar Dead!


One of the most colorful figures to lead the 60's garage/psychedelic movement, the legendary Sky Saxon passed away today in Austin, Texas. His band, the Seeds, were once a staple of the Sunset Strip before disbanding in 1967. They are probably best known for the hit "Pushing Too Hard". Sky was the singer and was often called "The American Mick Jagger". After the Seeds disbanded, Sky moved to Hawaii, joined a commune, changed his name to Sky "Sunshine" Saxon and was rumored to have multiple wives. He did attempt several comebacks with limited success. He was reported to be 63 years old.

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19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He picked a bad day to die.

June 25, 2009 5:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why? Did anyone else famous die today?

June 25, 2009 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I always liked Mr. Farmer

June 25, 2009 5:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

a couple of important ANGELENOS died today too. One would think Mayor Sam might mention the passing of two of his most prominent residents. Ooops, I forgot, Mayor Sam only cares for "certain" citizens of our fair city.

June 25, 2009 6:29 PM  

Blogger Video Louis Elovitz said:

didn't go to NoHo Hi Grad 1966
...instead
went to see THE SEEDS
on Sunset Strip
saw them many times, 'in the day'.

...even more pertinent TO ME
the passing of SKY SAXON,
an Angeleno Icon.

June 25, 2009 6:45 PM  

Blogger Video Louis Elovitz said:

"pushin too hard"

June 25, 2009 6:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael-Would you please acknowledge the deaths of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jeff Goldblum?

Today is a tragic day of losses.

Thank you.

June 25, 2009 8:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jeff Goldblum is alive & well, you dimwit.

June 25, 2009 8:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OMG; I read the title and was sure it was ZD!!!

NOT.

June 25, 2009 8:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe, how old are you? I thought you were much younger than someone who lived through 60s music.

I agree with 5:22, but this guy is hardly a "major rock star."

If you aren't known by people, you're not a major anything.

June 25, 2009 8:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I stand corrected on Goldblum.
Interesting, if you type in "Jeff Goldblum dead" alot of links come up.
Seems like a cyber hoax.
Glad to know I am wrong there.

June 25, 2009 9:14 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

8:51, I was a mere child in the 60's, but what does that have to do with it? I also listen to music from the 20's, 30's, 40's, & 50's.

And "Major" means his influence on many other bands and appreciated by those that may not read People magazine.

June 25, 2009 10:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

so that makes you in your sixties joe? wow i didn't think you were that old either. that makes some of your views a lot more understandable now that I know you're a lot older than most bloggers.

June 26, 2009 7:36 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

No, it makes me 49.

June 26, 2009 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There were 20-year olds out there mourning Jackson, along with their parent's generation. His music was being appreciated by a whole new generation. Like a lot of musical greats. And young people don't link him to the scandals of a decade ago.

Sure people in their forties and fifties were there when he was ground-breaking. Literally -- how does he defy gravity? Young hip hoppers now still admire him for that. Separate the man from the scandals, and his performance seems superhuman. Sadly it took a toll on his body, hence the drugs etc. which apparently killed him. Not just his age, but poor nutrition, lack of sleep, weird behaviors.

June 26, 2009 12:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

bullshit 49!

June 26, 2009 1:33 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Do the math, if you're so obsessed with my age.

June 26, 2009 2:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This trend has got to stop. Too many people my age are dying.

June 26, 2009 5:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Music real music that u can relate to or touches ur soul is timeless, I was born in 1956, 3 yr's older than Micheal Jackson. I believe I was 9 yrs.old when this song came out. I have a BRO. who is 9 yrs. older than me so I heard all good music from him,Doors, Seeds (I remember the T.V program they sang this on. Since my mom only listened to ranchero/mariachi music at that time, my dad loved the BLUES, it was when my bro. came back from Vietnam that my taste in music changed, he opened my mind Moody Blues, Jefro Tull, zepplin.ETC... anyways MUSIC is timeless you douchbags...

June 30, 2009 3:19 PM  

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