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The Music World mourns Anthony Bourdain

Chef, writer, travel show host and social activist Anthony Bourdain sadly passed away at the age of 61. Bourdain was a great lover and champion of music, and many in the music world have taken to social media to pay tribute to him, including Iggy Pop, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Geoff Rickly of Thursday, Carl Newman of The New Pornographers, Queens of the Stone Age, El-P, Zola Jesus, The Blow, Amy Millan of Stars, John Lurie, RJD2, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dave Hause, Jimmy Eat World, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mark Lanegan, Polyvinyl Records, Alex Skolnick, Phantogram, Kevin Morby, Jeff Rosenstock, How to Dress Well, Marky Ramone, Tegan & Sara, and Questlove.

Meanwhile, CNN will air a Remembering Anthony Bourdain special tonight, June 8, at 10 PM and again on Sunday (6/10) at 10 PM, and they’ll air episodes of Parts Unknown on Saturday, June 9.

Read tributes below.

reposted: @questlovesfood Just saw the news this morning about Anthony Bourdain’s passing. I have so many thoughts about him—memories, emotions, and unanswered questions—that right now it’s sort of a jumble. I feel so thankful for him to introducing me to a world I never knew, the world of food and especially food around the world. It was through Anthony that I learned about the sushi master Jiro Ono was and that recommendation (seeing the Jiro doc & making a pilgrimage to Tokyo by any means necessary) singlehandedly changed the course of my professional and creative life. Anthony also believed, and talked often, about how all forms of creativity were connected: how chefs and drummers and comedians and actors and directors and painters all drew on the same well of thoughts and emotions. That feeling stuck with me. Watching him take trips to faraway lands to get a taste of heaven (and, just as often, to show how life on earth can be hell for people under the thumb of cruel governments or oppressive poverty) was the equivalent of my many trips to obscure record shops continents away. Lastly I’ll miss our endless banter about the merits (or lack therof) of Yacht Rock. Anthony came on Fallon often, and every time he liked to warn me that his walk-on music better have “some umph to it.” He wanted power and attitude. I’d agree with him, and then I’d play another Billy Joel song, which infuriated him. A few years back, to thank him for writing the foreword to my book, I started the ultimate troll project, though I never got to give it to him. We had an “argument” over Herb Alpert’s “Route 101”: I made the case that the song’s good-feeling/good-time vibe couldn’t be denied, and he made the case that he denied it, and the more heated the argument got the more we laughed. I told him imma make him the mother of smooth-pop playlists and then he would see the light. I’m finishing that playlist, and when I do, I’ll name it after him, just so I can imagine that laugh of his.

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