Guitarist extraordinaire Robert Quine was found dead in his New York apartment this past Saturday. It's most likely you will know him from the incendiary guitar riffs which open up Matthew Sweet's "Ugly Truth Rock" single from Altered Beast. Quine also played on Sweet's "Girlfriend" single, as well as the rest of the Girlfriend album. Quine was one of the few original followers of the Velvet Underground. In 1969 he made cassette recordings of the band in San Francisco and in Saint Louis. These were released a couple of years ago as Velvet Underground Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes. In the 1970's, Quine played in the Voidoids, appearing on their Blank Generation recording which many consider one of the classics of the punk era. He has also played on the recordings of downtown artists James Chance and Lydia Lunch, as well as appearing, over the years, on many other artists' releases. In the early 1980's, Quine had the honor of playing with Lou Reed on several of his albums, including Reed's brilliant comeback recording The Blue Mask. Quine also toured with Reed and appears on Reed's record Live in Italy from 1984. There will be a memorial for Quine at Carmine Street Guitars at noon this coming Saturday.