Recent necrology, October 2017

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Fats Domino, 1928-2017
    American pianist and singer-songwriter, a titan of early rock ‘n’ roll
  • Roy Dotrice, 1925-2017
    Chameleon-like British character actor

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  • Robert Guillaume, 1927-2017
    American actor, known for his role as Benson in the TV series Soap and the spin-off Benson

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  • Iona Opie, 1923-2017
    Researcher and writer on European folklore and children’s street culture

Recent necrology, July 2017

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Helen Cadbury, 1965-2017
    English poet and crime writer, author of the Sean Denton series
  • Allan Hunter, 1922-2017
    Christchurch author of, mainly, local history

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  • Martin Landau, 1928-2017
    American film and television actor, best known for his roles in Mission Impossible, and Ed Wood
  • Jeanne Moreau, 1928-2017
    French actress, singer, screenwriter and director
  • Max Podstolski, 1952-2017
    Christchurch artist, former Fine Arts Librarian at Canterbury University

Recent necrology, June 2017

Some well-known people who have died recently

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Recent necrology, May 2017

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Jiri Belohlavek, 1946-2017
    Czech-born conductor, chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2012

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  • Roger Moore, 1927-2017
    English actor who played James Bond in seven feature films and Simon Templar in the television series The Saint
  • Hugh Thomas, 1931-2017
    Acclaimed historian of the Hispanic world

RIP Chris Cornell – Soundgarden

Chris Cornell played his final gig with Soundgarden in Detroit on Wednesday night and hours later was found dead in his hotel room. Chris Cornell was best known as singer and songwriter for Seattle grunge band Soundgarden, which had critical success with the 1994 album Superunknown, and Grammy Award winning singles “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman”.

Rock’s Backpages has an unpublished, uncut interview with Chris Cornell in 2011 by Pete Makowski that was supposed to be in MOJO, it is an interesting read and talks about early influences, why Soundgarden split up, and his solo acoustic tour.

Other articles in Rock’s Backpages include a Melody Maker review of a 1989 gig, Soundgarden and Mudhoney at the School of African and Oriental Studies in London. It describes Cornell as part monkey, part Adonis and all of a doodah. In an interview with Paul Elliot, from Select June 1996, Chris muses on alcohol, nuns and the President of The United States of America.

Chris Cornell will be sadly missed, especially by Soundgarden and Audioslave fans.

Find music by Chris Cornell in our collection.

Recent necrology, April 2017

Some well-known people who have died recently:

  • Jonathan Demme, 1944-2017
    American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, director of The Silence of the Lambs

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  • Yevgeny Yevtushenko, 1933-3017
    Russian poet, novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter, publisher, editor, actor and director

Recent necrology, March 2017

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Chuck Berry, 1926-2017
    American guitarist, singer and songwriter, one of the pioneers of rock and roll music
  • James Cotton, 1935-2017
    American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter

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  • Kurt Moll, 1938-2017
    German operatic bass singer who enjoyed an international career and was widely recorded
  • David Storey, 1933-2017
    English playwright, screenwriter, award-winning novelist and former professional rugby league player
  • Derek Walcott, 1930-2017
    Saint Lucian poet and playwright who received the 1952 Nobel Prize in Literature

Recent necrology, February 2017

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Dick Bruna, 1927-2017
    Dutch author, artist, illustrator and graphic designer, best known for his children’s books
  • Nicolai Gedda, 1925-2017
    Swedish operatic tenor who had a long and successful career till the age of 77
  • Al Jarreau, 1940-2017
    American singer and musician best known for his 1981 album Breakin’ Away
  • Alec McCowen, 1925-2017
    English actor whose gallery of roles ranged from St. Mark to the Fool in King Lear, and from Rudyard Kipling to James Bond’s outfitter, Q

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Recent necrology, January 2017

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • John Berger, 1926-2017
    English art critic, novelist, painter and poet
  • Michael Chamberlain , 1944-2017
    New Zealand-born Australian writer, teacher and pastor best known for the 1980 death of his daughter Azaria
  • Babette Cole, 1950-2017
    English children’s author and illustrator

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  • John Hurt, 1940-2017
    English actor and voice actor whose career spanned six decades

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  • Douglas Reeman, 1924-2017
    British author of many historical fiction books on the Royal Navy, who also wrote under the pseudonym Alexander Kent
  • Emmanuèle Riva, 1927-2017
    French actress best known for her roles in the films Hiroshima Mon Amour, and Amour
  • Bruce Slane, 1931-2017
    New Zealand’s first Privacy Commissioner
  • Emma Tennant, 1937-2017
    British novelist and editor whose fiction is often imbued with fantasy or magic

Recent necrology, December 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Michele Amas, 1961-2016
    Prominent Wellington actress and poet
  • E. R. Braithwaite, 1912-2016
    Guyanese-born United States novelist, writer, teacher and diplomat

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  • Carrie Fisher, 1956-2016
    American actress, writer, producer and humorist best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1917-2016
    Hungarian-American actress and socialite

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  • John Glenn, 1921-2016
    American aviator, engineer, astronaut and senator
  • George Michael, 1963-2016
    English singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to fame as a member of Wham!
  • Russell Oberlin, 1928-2016
    American countertenor who became a leading light in the early music movement

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  • Debbie Reynolds, 1932-2016
    American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian and humanitarian
  • Patricia Robins, 1921-2016
    Romantic novelist and former wartime ‘Filter Room’ girl who also wrote historical fiction under the pseudonym Claire Lorrimer