22 October 2004
I'd like to thank the guy
Greg Shaw never wrote a song that made my baby fall in love with me, but it was Greg Shaw and his Who Put the Bomp 'zine who worked the hardest to sustain my interest in rock and roll after the early-Seventies descent into despair, dissoluteness and disco. (Okay, some of those things I like, but work with me here.) Bomp eventually evolved into a record label, and Greg found himself juggling the dual roles of fan and executive, a tricky dichotomy at best.
I knew he'd been ill in recent years, but his death at 55 comes as something of a shock, not least because I'm not so far from 55 myself and there was always that we-went-to-different-schools-together vibe about his writing: after all, we grew up with this stuff.
Dawn Eden, who knew Greg, has some more pertinent thoughts.