I was sad to hear this weekend of the untimely death of Davey Williams. Davey Williams was a pioneering musical improvisor, and a vital player (in every sense of the word) on the Surrealist scene in Alabama.

As well as being a hugely important figure in the worldwide Surrealist movement, he was clearly also a lovely man. Everyone in the movement who knew him personally has been speaking of him over the past few days with extraordinary affection. He is going to be missed for a very long time. I send my condolences to his many friends and family.

A memorial fund has been set up on GoFundMe to help Davey Williams’s family pay his medical and other expenses. Once those expenses have been paid, any additional funds will be put towards the publication of his final book, as well as the release of recordings from his personal archive. If you can spare a few pennies, please consider making a donation to help those he has left behind, and to celebrate his life and work.

Click here to donate to the Davey Williams Fund

 

Photograph from the Davey Williams GoFundMe campaign page
Video from Transmuseq’s LaViolalaVie’ YouTube channel

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