Andrew Goodwin, media studies professor in San Francisco, and popular music theorist, died recently in a fire in his apartment in Berkeley.
This is a sad loss. He was a keen Led Zeppelin fan, although he detested what is probably their most well-known song, 'Stairway To Heaven'.
A man after my own heart. Friends and readers will know that I have long placed the blame for the temporary early '70s decline of good old British R'n'B squarely in the lap of J R R Tolkien and his pseudo-mystical, quasi-medieval Lord of the Rings nonsense.
Good call, Prof. Rest in peace.