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Tom Rapp (1947-2018)

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The Pearls Before Swine singer and songwriter Thomas (or Tom) Rapp has passed after a battle with cancer, according to Damon Krukowski (Galaxie 500 / friend and collaborator). 

I first heard his music at about age 21; didn't know much about 'psychedelic folk' at the time, and probably still don't, but the stretch of recordings under the Pearls' guise (ESP & Reprise) is still mind-blowing. He later became a civil rights lawyer and did good for a lot of people.

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A sad loss. Underrated songwriter and apparently a fine person.

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The first Pearls Before Swine album (on ESP) was a favorite of mine back in 1967. Followed his musical path for the next few years.  RIP.

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