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Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies

Tom Jackson • Feb 19, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Middle aged rock music fans in Ohio are mourning the death of Bob Casale, guitarist and keyboard player for the Akron rock band Devo. The hometown newspaper's report is here. The band's drummer, Alan Myers, died of cancer last year.

Devo made northern Ohio seem like a cool center for rock music. Known for its oddball cover of the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction," and the big pop hit "Devo," the band was part of an Akron pop boomlet in the late 1970s that included Rachel Sweet and the Rubber City Rebels. Brian Eno produced the band's first album. The band jammed with Neil Young onstage; the band members' mangling of a lyric from a Young song resulted in the title of Young's live album, "Rust Never Sleeps." David Bowie and Iggy Pop were early fans of the band. 

Rolling Stone's article is here.

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