Sunday, January 03, 2010

Rock 'N' Roll Suicide.


I saw the excellent Who Shot Rock & Roll at the Brooklyn Museum over the weekend. The set of Richard Kern's photos of Sonic Youth made it hard not to think of the infamous suicide picture of Mayhem's Dead taken by his bandmate Euronymous. There are a couple hundred reasons it might not have been included in the exhibit, ranging from the ethics of its provenance to scaring children. The music geek and Black Metal fiend in me needs to fill the empty space on that wall though, so here's the missing piece of the puzzle. To quote Dead, "Excuse all the blood."

6 comments:

David said...

What fascinated me most about the Mayhem photograph is that Euronymous didn't just take a photo of his dead bandmate: he found him dead THEN ran to a store to get a disposable camera THEN took the picture. THEN someone developed it and gave him back the pictures. Unless that's all apocryphal, of course.

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