Legendary Punk Guitarist Tom Verlaine Dies at 73

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Tom Verlaine, the popular punk guitarist, passed on at 73, according to an announcement by his ex Patti Smith's daughter. He first gained attention with the band television and has grown to become a musical icon ever since.

Keep reading for the details.

Confirming His Death

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Jesse Paris Smith confirmed his sudden passing after a brief illness to the public via an emotional tribute on her Instagram page on Saturday.

"Dearest Tom. The love is immense and forever. My heart is too intensely full to share everything now, and finding the words is too deep of a struggle....I will be grateful to the end of my life, and we will see you again beyond that, meeting you there wherever you've gone..."

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The ace guitarist was born in Denville, New Jersey, on 13 December 1949. His real name was Tom Miller. Tom Verlaine was his stage name.

A Peaceful Death

Verlaine died in New York City surrounded by close friends and loved ones.

A Master Influencer

The icon was the co-founder of the seminal proto-punk band Television, who has also influenced many bands during his time playing at ultra-cool downtown New York music venue CBGB alongside the Ramones, Patti Smith, and Talking Heads in the rock era of the 70s.

Television's Debut Album

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The band's debut album Marquee Moon is widely regarded as a musical masterpiece and their greatest contribution to the advancement of pop culture. The album dropped in 1977 and included an 11-minute track, Elevation. The album Adventure was released a year later.

An Influential Project

Marquee Moon's relevance has stayed ever seen and influenced a league of younger artists including Pavement, Sonic Youth, the Strokes, and Jeff Buckley.

Disbanding The Group

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Tension soon emerged between Verlaine and fellow band member Richard Lloyd, which led Television to disband after its second body of work titled Adventure.

One Of The Greats

Verlaine was considered one of the greatest guitarists of the 20th century alongside icons like Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, and others.

Reuniting For A Cause

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However, in 1992, the group came together for a self-titled album produced for Capitol Records and a couple of live appearances.

“We wanted to strip everything down further, away from the showbiz theatricality of the glitter bands, and away from blues-iness and boogie,” Television co-founder Richard Hell wrote in his autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp.

Verlaine's Solo Albums

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The late Verlaine released eight solo albums, with his 1981 sophomore album Dreamtime debuting at 177 on the Billboard album chart.

Tributes From Susanna Hoffs And Billy Idol

Hoffs and Idol eulogized Verlaine and acknowledged he made music that influenced the US and UK punk scenes.

Patti Smith

Tom Verlaine and Patti Smith together

His ex, Patti Smith, posted a picture of them together on her Instagram following the news of his passing and wrote, "Farewell Tom, aloft the Omega."

Tom And Richard 'Hell' Meyers

Tom Verlaine and Richard Meyers
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The pair, who met in Delaware prep school, eventually dropped out and went into the East Village, where they worked in bookstores and wrote poetry together.

A Sly Wit

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His publicist described the late act as "a sly wit" who was noted for his angular lyricism and pointed lyrical asides. He could shake each string to its truest emotion.

"His vision and his imagination will be missed.”