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    Rowland S. Howard: Influential Melbourne guitarist Rowland S Howard dies

    * Cameron Adams
    * From: Herald Sun
    * December 30, 2009 5:11PM

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    Rowland S Howard

    Rowland S. Howard. Picture: Karen Dodd Source: HWT Image Library

    MELBOURNE musician Rowland S Howard has lost his battle with liver cancer.

    He passed away this morning, aged 50.

    Howard was waiting for a liver transplant and had cancelled recent shows due to illness.

    The influential guitarist came to prominence as a member of Melbourne punk band the Boys Next Door who became The Birthday Party, fronted by Nick Cave.

    Howard wrote their iconic hit Shivers, and his guitar skills would inspire a generation to come.

    The guitarist was also a member of bands including Crime and the City Soultion and These Immortal Souls.

    His second solo album, Pop Crimes, was released in October to critical acclaim.

    His final gig was at the Prince of Wales in October to launch the album.

    In an interview with Rolling Stone to promote the album Howard spoke of his years of poor health.

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    “Being told that you've only got a couple of years to live without a transplant is a pretty frightening experience and certainly changes the way you feel about your life, [it] makes things so much closer."

    Rowland appeared in this year’s Melbourne punk scene documentary We’re Living on Dog Food, released with the DVD of Australian film Dogs in Space.
    the sad list goes on. Mark Linkous / Sparklehorse committed suicide yesterday.
    And this hard on the heels of Vic Chesnutt, with whom Linkous had collaborated. Terribly sad
    Talcy Malcy! Agent provocateur! bullshit artist! Pain in the ass! Eclectic! and many more! Love him or hate him he was THERE, instigating, prodding & hiding behind the curtains, taking the credit! Without him, punk would've happened, but just been 'different'.
    He got up peoples noses in a way which was more 'punk' than a lot of so-called Punks. Some good records too, I'd forgotten how ace Double Dutch, Buffalo Girls and Waltz Darling are....
    Double Dutch and Buffalo Girls are fab!

    Malcie was a one-off.

    Peter Steele of Type O Negative passed away on the 14th april. Heart failure at the age of 48.

    Steve Reid, drummer