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Classic rock is dying before our eyes – and it’s heartbreaking

  • The first truly on-brand rock’n’roll death took place on Christmas Day, 1954, when Johnny Ace shot himself in the head with a .32 calibre revolver loaded with just one bullet. Although eyewitnesses denied the 25-year-old was playing Russian Roulette in the communal dressing room between sets at a Christmas Dance in Houston, no one disputed that the singer was under the influence of both alcohol and stress.