Alvin Lee Goes Home, 1944-2013

83nycpalladiumWho is this guy? That was the reaction I and all my budding musician friends had when we saw Alvin Lee’s performance of “I’m Goin’ Home” at Woodstock in 1969. Unbeknownst to most of us colonials, Lee had already been burning the six-string for four years before that across the pond.

He died in Spain from complications following “routine surgery.” He was 68.

Couldn’t help but be reminded of another great guitarist who died during a tonsillectomy. Routine surgery is never routine.

So long, Alvin. Say hi to Eddie for me.

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  1. Rickvid in Seattle

     /  March 9, 2013

    I do like this song, but of late have used it to debate statists. The line

    “Tax the rich,
    Feed the poor,
    ‘Till there are no
    Rich no more.”

    Statists love that line. Then I ask them, Hey, stupid, if there are no rich no more, who the fuck are you gonna tax? Notice the line is NOT “‘Till there are no poor no more.” Statists don’t care about the poor, but they are obsessed with the rich.

  2. They’ve been groomed by jealousy mongers to believe that anyone who does well took their shit to do so.

Yeah, so?

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