Purple Diary

[July 18 2016]

Rest in Peace Alan Vega (1938-2016)

Alan Vega, legendary frontman of the influential American electronic musical duo Suicide, has died, aged 78, on the weekend. Black Flag singer and friend Henry Rollins released a statement from Vega’s family on his website on Saturday.

“One of the greatest aspects of Alan Vega was his unflinching adherence to the demands of his art. He only did what he wanted. Simply put, he lived to create. After decades of constant output, the world seemed to catch up with Alan and he was acknowledged as the groundbreaking creative individual he had been from the very start.

Alan’s life is a lesson of what it is to truly live for art. The work, the incredible amount of time required, the courage to keep seeing it and the strength to bring it forth—this was Alan Vega.

Alan is survived by his amazing family, wife Liz and son Dante. His incredible body of work, spanning five decades, will be with us forever.”

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