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I found out this evening that John Stewart died last weekend. Thom Jurek has a fine appreciation of his life and music on the AllMusic blog.

He was one of those left-field artists who brushed occasionally with commercial success, but mostly hovered below the radar continuing – with an inevitable relapse from time to time – to produce marvellous music. His songwriting gave me a feel for the real America that went beyond the newspaper articles and cop shows I read and watched in England. I have little doubt that he contributed in no small part to the psychology that brought me to Missouri in the first place.

He'll be missed