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Jeffrey Lee Pierce 1958-1996

Mark Kemp, Rolling Stone, 16 May 1996

AS THE guitarist and singer for the Gun Club, Jeffrey Lee Pierce unleashed the primal passion of the blues onto Los Angeles' thriving early '80s punk scene. The band's 1981 debut, Fire of Love, yielded two of the era's classic songs, 'Sex Beat' and 'She's Like Heroin to Me'. Pierce died of a brain hemorrhage on March 31 after being found unconscious at his father's home in Salt Lake City six days earlier; he had spent much of the past decade fighting alcoholism, drug addiction and general failing health. He was 37.

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