Scott Miller – R.I.P.

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I californiani Game Theory vengono purtroppo ricordati solo per essere stati indicati come “the next REM” e per uno straordinario caposaldo del periodo che è ‘Lolita Nation’. Tra power pop e sapori Paisley, gusto sixties e devozione nei confronti delle opere di Bowie, Chilton, Bolan e Rundgren. Alla testa del quintetto Scott Miller (con un’esperienza alle spalle negli Alternative Learning) che guiderà a livello di Dream Syndicate, Three O’Clock e Thin White Rope. Una manciata di album senza troppa fortuna commerciale e il conseguente split. Miller formerà quindi i Loud Family, sospinti dall’aura di culto che l’artista di Sacramento si porta dietro grazie al lavoro meraviglioso realizzato con i Game Theory. E proprio dal sito dei Loud Family che arriva il triste comunicato della morte prematura (53 anni) del grande artista californiano che era in procinto di pubblicare un nuovo album come Game Theory.

I wish it weren’t true, but as much as it pains me to write these words, Scott passed away on April 15, 2013. He was a wonderful, loyal friend as well as a brilliant musician, and I will miss him for the rest of my life. Scott had been planning to start recording a new Game Theory album, Supercalifragile, this summer, and was looking forward to getting back into the studio and reuniting with some of his former collaborators. If listening to Scott’s own music is too painful for you right now, as it is for me, I can tell you that he absolutely loved David Bowie’s new album, The Next Day. He found Bowie’s late-career resurgence to be hugely inspirational. I’m sure that if there had been a 2013 chapter of Music: What Happened?, one of the songs from that album would have been right at the top.

Miller nel 2010 aveva inoltre pubblicato l’imperdibile libro “Music: What Happened?” (acquista) (leggi).