Rowland S. Howard, 1959-2009 (Photo: Robert Carbone)
Wednesday, December 30 2009 at 04:00 PM.
Australia’s music scene has lost a true icon with the reported passing of Rowland S Howard today (December 30).
While no official statement has been made by management, close friends of the guitarist have confirmed reports that he lost his ongoing battle with liver cancer at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital this morning.
Howard, 50, was a former member of the Young Charlatans, The Boys Next Door (who later morphed into The Birthday Party) and These Immortal Souls. He penned the underground hit ‘Shivers’ for The Boys Next Door and memorably dueted with Lydia Lunch on Lee Hazlewood’s ‘Some Velvet Morning’.
In 1999, Howard released his debut solo album, Teenage Snuff Film, which quickly became a cult classic. Its long-awaited follow-up Pop Crimes was released in October this year, sparking a run of well-received shows and garnering widespread critical acclaim (it topped M+N’s annual Critics Poll earlier this month).
Howard’s ongoing battles with liver cancer recently forced the cancellation of several shows including a spot on the Homebake and Summer Tones bills.
In his final interview with M+N, Howard said he was enjoying the renewed interest in his career. “It’s very gratifying,” he said. “When I play live, nobody calls out for ‘Shivers’ any more, because they are too young to have any kind of historical attachment to it … It’s peculiar in a way, it just seemed to happen on its own accord. And it’s great, because no longer do I look out from the stage and just see a bunch of ageing ex-junkies.” Go to article
Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Rowland S. Howard.
Rowland S. Howard Obituaries:
- Farewell for ‘ridiculous, singular, charismatic individual’ (The Age, 7 Jan 2010)
- Hero to the Australian underground (Sydney Morning Herald, 7 Jan 2010)
- Rowland S Howard: A guitar god remembered (The Guardian, UK, 4 Jan 2010)
- Influential Melbourne guitarist Rowland S Howard dies (Herald Sun, AU, 30 Dec 09)
- Rowland Howard hangs up his guitar for keeps (The Age, AU 31 Dec 09)
Articles on Rowland S. Howard (pending…)
- Still the boy next door by Michael Dwyer (November 1, 2008)
Rowland Fansites & Tributes:
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