Phil Spector - the music producer who transformed pop music with his "wall of sound" - dies aged 81 while serving a sentence for murderhttps://t.co/bSeN07nYnm— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) January 17, 2021
-American murderer (and music producer) Phil Spector is dead!
-He was convicted back in 2009 for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
-The BBC story details his music career and the tales of his disturbing behaviour over the years preceding the murder:
...the much-feted producer became reclusive and disturbing accounts of his behaviour became widespread. Spector is said to have held a gun to singer Leonard Cohen's head during sessions for his album "Death of a Ladies' Man."
Ronettes lead singer Veronica "Ronnie" Bennett, who became Spector's second wife and divorced him in 1974, wrote in her 1990 autobiography that he subjected her to years of horrific abuse. She said he had threatened to kill her and display her body in a glass-topped coffin he kept in her basement.
-Most news sites have been awful, mainly highlighting Spector's "genius" and contributions to music in the headlines while downplaying, you know, the MURDER.
A few celebrity tweets:
Chris Stein, Blondie
The Ramones story I remember was that when they were recording he'd be in the control room with the lights off so they couldn't see him and sometimes he'd just leave without telling them and they'd just be standing there— Chris Stein (@chrissteinplays) January 17, 2021
Stevie Van Zandt, E Street Band Member and piece of shit
RIP Phil Spector. A genius irredeemably conflicted, he was the ultimate example of the Art always being better than the Artist, having made some of the greatest records in history based on the salvation of love while remaining incapable of giving or receiving love his whole life.— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) January 17, 2021
Lily Allen, Musician
Rolling eyes at all the journos deliberately downplaying Phil Spector being a murderer in their headlines, so everyone pints this out while linking to their articles resulting in lots of clicks.— LILYALLEN2.0 (@lilyallen) January 17, 2021
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