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Revelations In The Head: Ian MacDonald 1948-2003

Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 24 September 2003

THE NEWS THAT Ian MacDonald has taken his own life comes as a terrible shock, both to the colleagues who knew him and to the admirers – such as myself – who didn’t. His contemporaries from the great NME days of the ‘70s were perfectly aware that he suffered from depression, but no one can ever truly anticipate the decision to commit suicide. The fact that Ian’s collection The People’s Music had only just been published – to ecstatic reviews – only deepens the tragedy of his death.

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