Anarchy flags are once again at half mast here in Seattle. Robert Quine, guitarist of the late, great Richard Hell and the Voidoids, was found dead this week. Weirdly, you can read about it on CNN.
He apparently died of a heroin overdose. It may have been suicide, as he was grieving the death of his wife. How ironic that he would survive NYC in the 70s only to die by heroin in 2004.
I can’t claim to have known the man. He was a fixture on the Lower East Side when I lived in NYC, we had some mutual friends, and met briefly on a couple of occasions. I can say I respected the hell out of him as a musician and his work with the Voidoids was brilliant. Here’s to you, Robert.