I don't usually do brief obit posts, but Bo Diddley links together so many of my interests - musical translations, driving minimalism, influential pioneering, a whole bunch of different musical styles - that I just have to drop a few lines. The man is the missing link between the Caribbean and The Smiths, and a monster influence of everything from punk to funk, with his immensely repetetitive progression-less guitar riffing. Hard to imagine much of the driving rock-type excercises without him.
Here's a video of a proper live performance of Mona, one of my stand-out favorites of his.
2017 with feeling
1 week ago