Micheal Kamen dead at 55

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  1. oscar_merkx

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    http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.j...toryID=3847558

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-nominated composer, conductor and arranger Michael Kamen, 55, one of Hollywood's most sought-after composers, has died after suffering from multiple sclerosis for several years, his agent said.
    Further details of his death on Tuesday morning were not immediately available.

    Kamen, one of Hollywood's most successful composers who worked on music for the "Lethal Weapon" series and scored "Die Hard" among many other films, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996, but did not go public about the disease until late September.

    Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system that causes various disabilities.

    Kamen grew up in Queens, the son of liberal activists.

    In the late 1960s, he helped found the New York Rock 'n' Roll Ensemble. In the 1970s, he scored ballets, served as musical director for David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" tour and began writing scores for film.

    Although he began in Hollywood working on offbeat films like "Polyester" and "Brazil", he turned more mainstream in the 1980s, working on the "Lethal Weapon" series, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves", "Mr. Holland's Opus" and "X-Men", plus the HBO series "Band of Brothers".

    truly sad news indeed. His best work was for Edge of Darkness, a bbc series in the 1980s
     
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    I hate the sinking feeling I get when I first hear about stuff like this. He will be missed. Rest in peace. [​IMG]
     
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    Oh, man. I have loved his "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" soundtrack since day one, particularly those tracks that used authentic period instruments, such as the forest/stream fight sequence between Robin and Little John. The intro to that track on the CD is completely remarkable.

    For myself who often remembers the music to a movie more than the movie itself, this is sad news indeed regarding one of my favorite composers. [​IMG]
     
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    Sheet! No! I've always been a huge fan of film music, and Michael Kamen did some great scores for Brazil, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, Baron Munchausen, Highlander etc. He left us too soon... terrible news.

    RIP [​IMG]
     
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    While I wasn't a huge fan of his work, he did have a few scores that I really admired. Recently the Band of Brothers score sticks in my mind. A sad day. [​IMG] RIP.
     
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    Pity - I love his score for Brazil, and his score for Edge of Darkness with Clapton was incredible (is there a CD available anywhere?).

    He was a good composer.
     
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    I really liked his work. [​IMG]
     
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    Another shocker. While I'm not that familiar with his work, I'm a huge fan of film music and it's always sad to lose another composer. May he rest in peace.
     
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    Very sad. I loved his work on Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon. [​IMG]
     
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    Loved his work on Brazil and with Metallica. He did do an orchestra with Metallica, right?
     
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    Yes he did, Dome. I'm not really a fan of Metallica, but the S&M concert was great.
     
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    Just saw Brazil for the first time Saturday, and the score was one of the things that stood out. What a suprising and horrible loss. They're dying younger and younger, too.
     
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    His Die Hard work was abolutely awesome. Geez, only 55 that's so sad [​IMG]
     
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    What?! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Damn, now that is a loss. He was such a talented man. I can't believe it. [​IMG]
     
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    This is shaping up to be one of the shittiest years ever. The low point for me would have to be the passing away of Mr. Rogers.
     
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    Kamen will always be remembered by me each time I watch one of my favorite films, Brazil. He was a great composer and it's a shame that he had to die so young!

    RIP Mike! [​IMG]
     
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    This is horrible, so very sad and shocking.

    I was just rejoicing after hearing about his latest collaboration with Kate Bush:

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    Kate Bush album sessions

     
  20. Kirk Tsai

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    Very sad news.

    NP: Band of Brothers - Requiem
     

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