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Ed Driscoll

RIP, Alvin Lee

March 6th, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Naturally, all obituaries must reference “Going Home,” either in the headline or lede. “Alvin Lee Is Going Home: ‘Ten Years After’ Guitarist Dies,” NPR reports:

Guitarist Alvin Lee, whose incendiary performance with the British band Ten Years After was one of the highlights of the 1969 Woodstock festival, has died.

He was 68. Lee’s website says he “passed away early this morning [Wednesday] after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure.” An assistant to his daughter also confirmed the news to NPR.

His band’s biggest hit — “I’d Love to Change the World” — came a couple years after Woodstock. We’ll embed a clip from that.

Of course you will. “Tax the rich, feed the poor, ’til there are no rich no more,” is practically the NPR theme song; although “except for me — I’m special and should be exempted” is sung tacitly afterwards by each member of NPR’s core audience.

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