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Laying it all to Rest

There have been two rock ‘n’ roll deaths lately. Levon Helm of the Band succumbed to cancer of the throat last month – rumours say he had been a three-pack-a-day man – and, more recently, Duck Dunn of Booker T & the M.G.s fell fighting, on tour in Japan. Both deaths are poignant in their own right: Helm’s marks the silencing of the last surviving voice in the Band’s tattered, but beautiful harmonies. Duck Dunn, whose bass graces some of the finest Stax soul records, went down whilst on duty, in the club circuit which, like many other working musicians, was the only life he’d known.

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