June 09, 2004

Death of a six string man

Robert Quine

Robert Quine, the guitar player extraordinaire who put Lou Reed back on track with his Blue Mask album, was found dead on monday. Quine committed suicide. He was 61 years old.

Quine was the driving force in assembling the Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes, a three disc retrospective of the Velvet Underground late sixties live shows which he taped as a teenager.

Quine was a Lou Reed sideman in the early eighties, a classic example of the pupil overtaking the master. Put on Live in Italy to find out your self. He was fired by Reed and took up producing and teaching.

Lou Reed said in a statement released to Billboard.com:

Robert Quine was a magnificent guitar player -- an original and innovative tyro of the vintage beast.

» The Quine Tapes
» Quine on CNN
» Robert Quine fan site

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