Rowland S. Howard 1959-2009

In memory of the late, great The Birthday Party and These Immortal Souls guitarist. who passed away on Dec.30 after a long struggle with liver cancer. A musical innovator and gifted songwriter, Howard roared out of Australia with fellow madman Nick Cave in the early 80’s, leading the charge in the post punk revolution with a style that combined mind bending noise with lyrical melancholy and a fine ear for twisted jazz and country and western, influences that deepened and matured as he moved into his solo career in the mid 80’s. On hearing of his passing, Cave remarked “This is very sad news. Rowland was Australia’s most unique, gifted and uncompromising guitarist. He was also a good friend. He will be missed by many.”

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