Death of Tom Verlaine, Rimbaldian hero of New York punk

The American singer and guitarist, leader of the Television group and amateur of French poetry, died at the age of 73 years.

by Bruno Lesprit

There are musicians whose career radiates from a short period. Others whose importance is not measured by the volume of sales, but to the influence exerted on peers – what are called “musicians for musicians”. The two remarks apply to the American singer and guitarist Tom Verlaine, who died Saturday January 28 in New York, at the age of 73.

He will first remain as the prime contractor of this cornerstone that was in 1977 the album Marque Moon, birth certificate of the Television group. A founding disc for having established that the energy of punk rock was not incompatible with technical mastery and sophistication inherited from jazz and taste for improvisation

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