Tom Rapp, RIP

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by CaseyJames, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. carledwards

    carledwards Forum Resident

    RIP, Tom. A very nice man and a talented singer/songwriter. His was a life well-lived.
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  2. Siegmund

    Siegmund Forum Resident

    Britain, Europe
    Last time i looked, his wikipedia page hadn't been updated.

    Very sad, if this is true. I love the first two PBS albums.
  3. GuidedByJonO)))

    GuidedByJonO))) Forum Resident

    Totally missed this thread. I had just bumped the Pearls Before Swine thread after I saw it floating around on Twitter.

    It's a shame, that Drag City reissue of One Nation Underground from last year was a real revelation for me, my first full encounter with his work.
  4. Vangro

    Vangro Forum Resident

  5. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    This man too shall pass away
  6. phillyal1

    phillyal1 Forum Resident

    philadelphia, pa.
    I missed his performances in Philly with the great Damon and Naomi. So so bummed...
  7. Clarkophile

    Clarkophile Up in T.O. keepin' jive alive

    Rapp was an intelligent, gifted songwriter whose legacy lies in so much more than his virtually flawless run of albums. He was also a principled, decent man. A man with a conscience.
  8. Platterpus

    Platterpus Forum Resident

    RIP Tom.:(
  9. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    “The Use of Ashes” LP was excellent. Came out on Reprise, I believe his fourth Pearls Lp.
  10. j.barleycorn

    j.barleycorn Forum Resident

    RIP Tom, you were the real Rocket Man.

    What an amazing body of music you left to this world.
  11. skisdlimit

    skisdlimit Forum Resident

    Bellevue, WA
    Oh man, this was not unexpected, but it still hurts. Very, very sad news today....:cry:

    Tom Rapp was one of the good guys, both as a musician, and later as a civil rights attorney. Am listening to One Nation Underground right now in memoriam.

    RIP, Tom Rapp. You will be missed!
  12. jamesmaya

    jamesmaya Senior Member

    Mudwest, CA
    Right on. He remained one of the good guys to the very end. Rest In Peace, Tom Rapp.
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  13. Abbagold

    Abbagold Working class hero

  14. Bjorn Kjetil Johansen

    Bjorn Kjetil Johansen Vortex Surfer

    Oslo, Norway
    Very sad. Big fan here. His last album is so underrated.
  15. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

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    Moshe V Forum Resident

  17. rene smalldridge

    rene smalldridge Senior Member

    I saw the world
    Spinning like a toy
    Hate seems so small
    Compared to it all
    So why don't you do joy ?

    Rest in Peace Mr. Rapp and thank you for your visionary music.
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  18. richierichie

    richierichie Forum Resident

    I was only introduced to Tom Rapp`s music around 6 months ago by @lemonade kid of this place(thanks lk). I had heard of Pearls Before Swine but never heard them. I have since managed to picked up about 3 CDs of PBS and solo Tom and only last week managed to get a new vinyl copy of `Use Of Ashes`. The albums of PBS and Tom are hard to come by in the UK.

    The music of Tom Rapp is very beautiful and deserving of a larger audience. Although I am a very late comer to Tom`s music I am very sad of the news of Tom`s Daeth. Go well Tom Rapp your music will live forever.
  19. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

    You're welcome....always happy to hear of new Tom Rapp fans.

    I recommend his last album, a comeback of sorts, after decades away from the music scene lawyering.

    A Journal Of The Plague Year...didn't skip a beat. Wonderful.

    Had so hoped he had another in his pocket....maybe we'll see something unreleased.
    There is also a live PBS ....Live Pearls (1971), that is quite wonderful.

    Pearls before swine: Live pearls (rec 1971)

  20. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

    I Saw The of the most beautiful songs ever...a nice video tribute.

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  21. ghmyrtle

    ghmyrtle New Member

    Chepstow, UK
    First, I will describe the scene.... I picked up my first of Tom Rapp's albums ("Stardancer") from a discount bin in England around 1975, and rapidly managed to acquire all the others. I loved them all, especially "The Use of Ashes". For reasons which I still cannot fully explain, his music meant more to me than that made by anyone else. Sadly, I never met him or saw him perform, but I did encounter him - when I first discovered the web circa 1991, immediately searched to found out if he was alive or dead, discovered his email address, messaged him, and immediately got a lovely reply from the man himself. Magical. Time's moved on but I still love all his records. I'm sure his music will live on, as will his glowing character. A sad day, but perhaps his passing brings those of us who loved him and his music closer together. We must touch each other in our blindness...
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  22. DLD

    DLD Forum Resident

    Dallas, Tx
    Damn, that news hit me hard. Love them. When I first heard One Nation Underground I was Gobsmacked
    R.I.P. Tom Rapp
  23. E.Baba

    E.Baba Forum Resident

    Sad news but best he leave if suffering so.
    A true gem.
    Worth a tear or two.
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  24. Marco F

    Marco F New Member

    Sad news, he was very populair in Holland, lived in Amsterdam.
    Made this last October:
  25. rene smalldridge

    rene smalldridge Senior Member

    I am bumping this because some people might have missed the news of his passing ( the relatively few of us who would care ) and the music he made both solo and with Pearls Before Swine deserves recognition.
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