1938 - 2016 | IN MEMORIAM SUICIDE'S ALAN VEGA


I first heard of Suicide about ten years ago, though they were probably hanging out together formulating this for a good while before that … they played the Mercer Arts Center with the New York Dolls and all the glitter bands like Magic Tramps and Ruby And The Rednecks a couple of years later, but they were never really a glitter group any more than the Velvets or the Stooges were. 
Lester Bangs
The Sound Of NYC, 1981
(From the liner notes of Suicide's 1/2 Alive, ROIR, 1981)

August 3, 1973
The crashing down of The Mercer Arts Center
Source: Narratively

Alan Vega was wearing ripped black leather jackets with chains and razor-blades and all that long before it became fashionable, and all you have to do is take a gander at all these worthless synthesizer-art bands around now to realize both how far ahead of his time Martin Rev's approach to keyboards was, and how much more soul he's always had. It's just a real shame Suicide got so little of the credit for what others turned into piddle. 
Lester Bangs
The Sound Of NYC, 1981
(From the liner notes of 1/2 Alive, ROIR, 1981)

1971 | Punk music by
SUICIDE (Alan Vega + Martin Rev) at NY's Crawdaddy


What is this all about? How come I don't write fiction? All I know is my life and my perspective. This is all about the airports, the stages and the lonely boxes I live in. Rentals, temporary alliances, border to border. Life pounds me, I pound life. The critics don't know because they don't venture out.
To quote Alan Vega, "What do the poets know? 
Henry Rollins
(From: Smile, yo'Re Travelling - 2.13.61 Publications, 2000)

They used to say that “Frankie Teardrop” is the song that Lou Reed wished he had done. 
Alan Vega, 2004
(From: The Heebie Jeebies At CBGB's - Chicago Review Press, 2006)



June 23, 1938 – July 16, 2016
Alan Vega
born Boruch Alan Bermowitz
Source: ZE Records



Alan Vega passed peacefully in his sleep last night, July 16. He was 78 years of age.
(HERE the rest of the press release and Rollins' Vega tribute)

When I first saw Alan Vega and Suicide, I pulled out my 007 knife and palmed it behind my wrist. To be frank, I was a little worried. If Iggy had created a Frankenstein, it was Alan Vega. When Alan jumped into the sparse audience, it was a bit too much for me. I didn’t know what was going to happen. He’s a very serious performer. 
Dee Dee Ramone
[From: Poison Heart. Surviving The Ramones - Fire Fly, 1997)

 

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