The Rambler by Graham Henderson: Mourning the passing of Brent Grulke
By Graham Henderson on Aug 17, 2012
The Rambler is a new column by Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada. Graham will write from time to time about developments in the music industry, new trends or just about music! Let’s face it, Graham has been around for a long time and has a lot to ramble on about.
The music community mourns the passing of one of its best: Brent Grulke
I was not a close friend by any means, but I certainly knew him and was profoundly aware of the pivotal role he played in developing the SXSW music festival into a premiere event on the world stage. He made a difference in the careers of hundreds of artists.
Brent was also a huge fan of my wife Margo's music. We had a chance to have dinner two years ago at Midem. With us were dear friends Katrina and Alasdair McMullan and Susan Abramovitch. It was Brent's 50th. And as a present to him, Katrina had promised him he would sit beside Margo and so they did.
The two of them talked their way thru dinner and late on into the evening. It was magical.
How could any of us have known that this terrible, terrible tragedy stalked Brent. Brent leaves behind his wife and a seven year old son. And the thought of that simply breaks my heart.
As the Romans would have said, Ave Atque Vale, Brent Grulke, Hail and Farewell. The world has lost something this week that it cannot easily replace.
Graham Henderson is the President of Music Canada.