Guitarist-Composer Glenn Branca Dead At 69

"Even among the many underground artists, musicians and misfits who populated downtown Manhattan in the 1970s and 80s, he stood out as one of the weirdest. His music - with its stark sheets of minimalism and overwhelming guitar-oriented symphonies - filtered into rock and noise, and it’s hard to imagine bands such as Sonic Youth and Swans without him. Originally trained in theatre, with no formal musical education, he brought intense drama to experimental music."

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