Posted in music on November 15, 2011

Bush Tetras
Bush Tetras

Laura Kennedy, the original bassist and co-founder of seminal no wave band Bush Tetras who has spent the past 12 years living in Minneapolis, passed away on Monday afternoon.

Kennedy was diagnosed nearly two decades ago with Hepatitis C, a "scourge of an illness" she once wrote she believed she contracted in the '80s while living and playing in New York. Born in Cleveland, she moved to NYC in the late '70s and eventually made her way to the Twin Cities 12 years ago to live with her girlfriend. Complications from the disease eventually led to liver failure, and after a long wait and struggle she received a liver transplant in November of 2008 at the University of Minnesota. Shortly afterwards, friends from throughout the local punk community rallied to help her pay her astronomical medical bills, and in January of 2009 Bush Tetras reunited to perform their first Twin Cities show in 25 years with support from the Suicide Commandos, David Thomas of Pere Ubu, and Skoal Kodiak at a fundraiser at Nick and Eddie. -[CityPages]

Laura Kennedy was the focus of many benefit shows including a Cake Shop show in NYC in 2008. Bush Tetras have been active in recent years, though Kennedy was not involved in any of the recent reunion shows.

Laura Kennedy R.I.P..

Laura may be gone, but her legacy will live on in burners like "Too Many Creeps" and "Can't Be Funky" which you can watch/listen to, below....

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NYNOISE.TV | Thurston Moore and Byron Coley on Bush Tetras

Bush Tetras - Too Many Creeps

Bush Tetras Can't Be Funky

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Comments (9)

i like(d) the bush tetras

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:07 PM

RIP

Great band. They were from a time in NYC that will never be replicated again. I was at that Cake Shop show, and I had no idea it was a benefit.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:12 PM

agree w/ 1:12. Saw Bush Tetras all over NYC in those early years. Chase Park, Hurrah's, Tier 3, Danceateria and the like.The band will always hold a special time and place for me. RIP Laura

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:47 PM

'agree w/ 1:12. Saw Bush Tetras all over NYC in those early years. Chase Park, Hurrah's, Tier 3, Danceateria and the like.The band will always hold a special time and place for me. RIP Laura'

agree and also saw them all over in the early 80's. saw them open for gang of four as well and hung backstage.

a cool band when cool meant something

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 2:34 PM

Laura isn't actually in the lead photo at the top. That's Julia Murphy on the left.
That said, thank you for the article. Laura R.I.P.

Posted by Tilman Reitzle | November 16, 2011 2:03 AM

We'll miss you, Laura. You and your band showed me that women could make good music and not dress "sexy."

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2011 5:38 AM

I've only today heard of LK but I know her battle. Wish I had known of her, since only those with HCV know it all too well. Her blog is an inspiration though, while having read only a few entries, that will live on until a cure is found.
May the HS bring her peace.

Posted by Pseu_An | November 16, 2011 11:26 AM

Laura Kennedy is not in the band photo. Please post a correct band shot. There are plenty around on the internet. Laura deserves that much, she was a great bass player.

Posted by dinatekno | November 16, 2011 10:16 PM

r.i.p

Posted by jordon | August 11, 2013 7:06 PM

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