Legendary Guitarist and Punk Rock Band Co-Founder Dead at 73

Posted by DINO PORRAZZO at AMERICAS FREEDOM FIGHTERS

The world has lost another musician who was a pioneer in the punk rock scene in the 1970’s.

The co-founder and epic guitar player for punk rock group Television, Tom Verlaine, is dead at 73 according to multiple reports.

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The musician passed away in New York City alongside friends after suffering from a brief illness.

“He was noted for his angular lyricism and pointed lyrical asides, a sly wit, and an ability to shake each string to its truest emotion,” said his publicist. “His vision and his imagination will be missed.”

Verlaine’s death in Manhattan was announced by the daughter of musician Patti Smith, who has been romantically linked to Verlaine since the early ’70s. Jesse Paris Smith said in her death announcement that Verlaine died “after a brief illness” without specifying a cause of death.

Verlaine, along with his classmate and friend Richard Hell, left high school and formed the proto-punk band Neon Boys in the early ’70s, before its eventual disbandment in 1973. The group later reunited under a new name, Television, months later.

His guitar playing was instrumental in the rock community, inspiring future musicians despite the rocker’s minimal commercial success, as evidenced by the plethora of tributes that poured in for the rocker.

Verlaine formed the newly named band “Television” with high school friend Richard Hell in the ’70s after their earlier attempt at becoming a successful band failed in 1973.

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Television was one of the most influential bands on the New York punk rock scene headlining at the nightclub CBGB. Verlaine’s music was labeled punk, but his guitar improvisations and poetic songwriting were not a neat fit for the punk genre.

Patti Smith was in the audience for one of Television’s early 1974 performances at CBGB, according to an Opoyi report. Television split billing with her Patti Smith Group when her band made their CBGB debut in 1975.

Smith reportedly once compared Verlaine’s guitar sound to “a thousand bluebirds screaming.” Although they were rumored to have had a brief relationship in the mid ’70s, Smith and Verlaine collaborated musically frequently, the report added.

Smith shared a black-and-white photo of the duo to her Instagram, writing, “This is a time when all seemed possible. Farewell Tom, aloft the Omega.”

His guitar playing was instrumental in the rock community, inspiring future musicians despite the rocker’s minimal commercial success, as evidenced by the plethora of tributes that poured in for the rocker.

“Peace and love, Tom Verlaine,” wrote The Bangles co-founder Susanna Hoffs. ?

“I’ve lost a hero,” wrote R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe to Twitter. “You introduced me to a world that flipped my life upside down. I am forever grateful.”

Billy Idol also paid his respects:

REST IN PEACE BROTHER.

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