26th November 2010: RIP

Richard Metzger and Roy Christopher both report the passing of Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV and Coil’s Peter ‘Sleazey’ Christopherson. The New York Times reports the passing of Asian studies scholar Chalmers Johnston: I was looking at a library copy of The Sorrows of Empire (2004) earlier this week.

Christopherson’s work with Hipgnosis and designer Storm Thorgerson defined progressive rock imagery for the next two decades. His loop-based work for Psychic TV and Coil also influenced industrial artists. Johnson’s work is a model of intelligent, scholarly critique.

For me, these are moments of momento mori. How are you truly living your life? What are you doing to make an impact in the world?