Negotiating with the dead

There’s always a shitload of gush when a celebrity dies, but I didn’t expect this much even at the premature demise of a ‘troubled’ entertainer who did some quite good stuff in the 1980s and nothing of value since. I’ve not had much time for the coverage (if Paul Morley is writing on a story, you can more or less assume its irrelevance) but John ‘Kill Your Friends’ Niven has an excellent piece that cuts through all the bullshit that has been said and written about this particular singer.

As Greg Palast said in another context: ‘You shouldn’t speak ill of the dead. But in this case, someone’s got to.’

(Thanks: Ben Myers)

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