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Dead Person of the Day February 3 – Logan Whitehurst

No Comments 03 February 2012

Folks,

Its days like today that really make me revisit why we got into the obit business in the first place. To quote a line from Michael Franti “ever single soul is a poem, written on the back of god’s hand”. Every person has a story to tell. Obits tell that story.Sadly, I didn’t know about Whitehurst prior to late night last night when the NOR team was scouring the archives. Very interesting career and a tragic ending. I encourage you to check out his stuff on youtube and here.

Sadly, the internet was not that helpful in finding a genuine obit. But what we’re left with is an interesting goocher. An obit within an obit. Congrats to Wired for their first appearance on the NOR.

Logan Whitehurst (November 15, 1977 – December 3, 2006)

Ever since I started watching all the fan remakes and bizarre street dancing versionsof “Charlie the Unicorn” on YouTube, I’ve become curious about where vidmaker Jason Steele got his inspiration. Turns out he blames it all on Logan Whitehurst, an early nerdcore pioneer who started making zany songs about fusion and electrostatic engines back in 1997. Sadly, the twenty-something Whitehurst died of brain cancer in December, leaving behind several albums full of boppy weirdness. He’s like the nineteenth century poet John Keats, who died tragically in his early twenties having already produced an amazing body of work. In an obituary for his idol, Steele writes:

‘When I was 15 years old I had to have major corrective spinal surgury to fix my degenerative scoliosis. My spine needed to be cut apart and re-arranged, and then metal bars had to be attached to the sides to keep it in place. This was a terrifying thing, especially fora 15 year old. The night before I went into surgery I listened to the Logan Whitehurst album ‘How Does An Electrostatic Motor Work?’ on loop. It calmed me.’ Continue 


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