The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 September 2004

Long live the King

The King of the Oldies, that is. His name was Robert Kurt Curtis, he was 53 years old, and he had spent just about half of those years documenting the rock and roll, the soul, the dance music of his beloved Florida.

This year, all that documentation came out in book form, and a monster of a book it is. Or "books," perhaps, since it takes more than one to bind the nearly 2000 pages of photos, charts, interviews and raw data.

And on the very day publisher Florida Media Inc. was sending this behemoth to the press, Kurt Curtis dropped dead, of causes yet to be determined.

"I want to be remembered," he had said, "as the guy who saved the history of Florida rock music."

Which, of course, he was.

(Muchas gracias: Costa Tsiokos.)

Posted at 9:14 AM to Tongue and Groove