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BOMP! Founder Greg Shaw R.I.P.


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Any Raspberries fan worth his or her scratch 'n sniff sticker will be saddened by the news of the passing of one of Rock's greatest scribes Greg Shaw. Shaw died this week of heart-failure at age 55.

Shaw was the leading force in the American Underground rock journalist boom of the 1960s and 1970s. With his independent magazine, BOMP!, Shaw helped ignite an underground revolution that focused on the power and energy of the '60s British Invasion, Garage/Punk rock, and Mod/Psychedelic scenes and brought it into the consciousness of the bloated 1970s. Shaw--along with writers like Lester Bangs, Robert Christgau etc.--helped flame the fires of rock and roll's most exciting proponents. The Raspberries being one of his most highly cherished and championed combos.

In 1978 Shaw devoted a whole issue of BOMP! magazine to the evolution and progress of power pop. In said issue the 'Berries were noted as being the defining band of the movement. This issue of BOMP! was noted by many as being the HOLY GRAIL of power pop and helped set the stage for the next two decades.

Shaw's record label leaned more towards Garage and punk related itmes, despite being the first place to issue rare recordings by The Choir. Nonetheless, it was way ahead of its time predicting the nu-garage rock revolution way before anyone thought it could ever be possible.

For more info check: www.bomp.com

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