Sunday, March 16, 2014

R.I.P.: Gary Burger

Gary Burger, frontman of garage pioneers the Monks, has died. He was 72.

Originally called the Torquays, the Monks started in 1964. They formed in Germany when the band's five members were stationed there in the army. When they were discharged, they toured the country. Burger has said that German marketing executives came up with their schtick: wear black robes with ropes tied around the neck and give themselves traditional monk tonsures.

Classified as originators of 'punk', their music incorporated feedback, organ, and electric banjo. They've been cited as an inspiration by many, many artists. MORE HERE

The Monks : The Early Years 1964 - 1965

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