Keith Levene, founding guitarist of Public Image Ltd, dead at 65

Keith Levene, an early member of The Clash and founding guitarist of Public Image Ltd, has died on the age of 65.

Author Adam Hammond shared information of Levene’s passing on Saturday, writing: “It is with nice disappointment I report that my shut buddy and legendary Public Image Limited guitarist Keith Levene handed away on Friday, eleventh November.”

After working as a roadie for Yes as an adolescent, Levene pursued his personal profession in music by beginning a band together with his shut buddy, Mick Jones. Alongside singer Joe Strummer, bassist Paul Simonon, and drummer Terry Chimes, they shaped The Clash in Summer 1976.

Levene’s tenure in The Clash was brief lived, as he was fired from the band in September 1976. However, previous to his departure he helped write a number of early songs, together with “What’s My Name.”

In 1978, Levene teamed up with Sex Pistols singer John Lydon, bassist Jah Wobble, and drummer Jim Walker to kind Public Image Ltd.

“There is little doubt that Keith was one of the vital revolutionary, audacious and influential guitarists of all time,” Hammond wrote in his obituary for Levene. “Keith sought to create a brand new paradigm in music and with prepared collaborators John Lydon and Jah Wobble succeeded in doing simply that. His guitar work over the 9 minutes of ‘Theme’, the primary observe on the primary PiL album, outlined what different music needs to be.”

Between 1978 and 1983, Levene launched three well-received albums with Public Image Ltd: 1978’s First Issue, 1979’s Metal Box, and 1983’s The Flowers of Romance. However, following the discharge of the latter album, he departed PiL over inventive variations with Lydon. Levene later recorded his personal variations of songs that would seem on PiL’s fourth album and launched them underneath the title Commercial Zone.

In his later years, Levene collaborated with Red Hot Chili Peppers (producing an early model of The Uplift Mofo Party Plan) and Pigface (contributing guitar to the album Easy Listening…). He additionally launched a number of solo information.


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