Glenn Branca – RIP


Scompare a 69 anni Glenn Branca colpito da un male incurabile alla gola. A darne notizia la moglie e collaboratrice Reg Bloor:

Glenn Branca passed away in his sleep last night from Throat Cancer. I feel grateful to have been able to live and work with such an amazing source of ideas and creativity for the past 18 1/2 years. His musical output was a fraction of the ideas he had in a given day. His influence on the music world is incalculable. Despite his gruff exterior, he was a deeply caring and fiercely loyal man. We lived in our own little world together. I love him so much. I’m absolutely devastated. He lived a very full life and had no regrets. Thank you to all the fans and all of the musicians whose support made that possible. As per his wishes, there will not be a formal memorial service. My upcoming schedule will proceed as planned.

Un gigante assoluto. Il suo lavoro in 40 anni di straordinaria attività come compositore include music for experimental rock bands, large ensemble instrumentals for electric guitars, 16 symphonies for both electric instrumentation and acoustic orchestras, chamber ensemble pieces for a wide variety of instrumentation (both electric and acoustic), an opera, a ballet, choral works and music for film, dance, theater and installation art. His ensemble has done hundreds of performances all over the world. 14 full-length albums of his music have been commercially released as well as works included in a number of compilations.

Era nato ad Harrisburg in Pennsylvania e sul finire degli anni ’70 è a New York dove assieme a Jeffrey Lohn forma la no wave band dei Theoretical Girls. Fonda la Neutral Records (1982) che pubblica i primissimi lavori dei Sonic Youth. Il progetto della “guitar orchestras” vede coinvolti anche Page Hamilton, Phil Kline, Michael Gira, Dan Braun, Algis Kizys, Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore… la storia prosegue con un’opera costante e meticolosa di ricerca e sperimentazione sonora senza eguali. Un gigante o se preferite un genio.

Lee RanaldoThe beginning of my time in New York, 1979-1980, would have been nothing without the genius work that Glenn Branca was doing at that time. The most radical, intelligent response to punk and the avant garde I’d ever seen. Sad to hear of his passing today. 

Kim GordonSo sad to hear about Glenn branca passing ! He inspired me to want to play music ! #genius

John LurieThe X Magazine benefit in 1979 was perhaps the most amazing series of concerts that I have ever seen. Glenn Branca, playing with Theoretical Girls was the best band in the program. It changed my life. Sorry I never had a chance to tell him.

Pat Irwin > Glenn Branca. R.I.P., my condolences to family and friends. And fans. His music changed me forever and I can still feel the impact now.

Circuit des Yeux > Glenn Branca told me “no lipstick allowed” for his RBMA & when I showed up in cherry red he laughed & approved saying he understood my tactic & that it looked good. Tough on the outside, w the sweetest interior. RIP to the strong outlier, a true star. May his music last forever.

Unknown Mortal OrchestraRIP Glenn Branca. He reconfigured our thinking about what the electric guitar is and what it does


ScannerFarewell Glenn Branca – you darkened the skies, as promised. Thoughts on an inspirational composer.

Cedrix Bixler ZavalaThank you for paving the roads w broken glass. The barefooted stroll through your soundscapes were worth it #glennbranca RIP 1981 Glenn Branca

Blanck MassOh man, Glenn Branca. My thoughts are with Reg and all his friends and family. He was a lovely man and a gift to planet earth

HookwormsThank You Glenn Branca

GLENN BRANCA @ Auditorium > Roma 28/Febbraio/2008