“Guitar God Tom Verlaine Passes Away at 73: Celebrating His Life and Music”

Rock music fans around the world were saddened to hear the news that Tom Verlaine, influential guitarist and songwriter, died at the age of 73. Verlaine, who co-founded the seminal art-punk band Television, was known for his unique guitar playing style and for his influence on the punk and new wave movements of the late 70s and early 80s.

Verlaine’s career began in 1973 when he founded Television with Richard Hell and Richard Lloyd. The band’s debut album, Marquee Moon, was released in 1977 and established Verlaine as one of the preeminent guitarists of the era. His influence was evident in the music of bands like The Talking Heads, U2, and R.E.M.

Verlaine’s influence extended beyond his own music. He was an inspiration to many of the guitarists who followed him, including Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan. His songs were covered by a wide range of artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, and U2.

Verlaine’s legacy will live on through his music, which continues to inspire musicians and fans alike. As Rolling Stone noted, Verlaine was “the ultimate New York guitar god”. His influence on the music of the past four decades is undeniable, and his songs will continue to be remembered and cherished by his fans.