Dean Turner, founder and bassist of Magic Dirt passed away on August 21, 2009. A true Aussie rock icon, he will be sorely missed. In a statement issued soon after his death Deanʼs band mates Adalita, Raul and Adam issued a statement which read,
“For nine years, Dean battled an extremely rare form of soft tissue cancer called dermatoﬁbrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP). Being a very private man, Dean chose to ﬁght the cancer in a quiet and digniﬁed manner. He displayed great courage and incredible stoicism. And above all else he had an unshakeable positive attitude throughout his long ordeal. His composure and grace during this time will never be forgotten and is an inspiration to us all.”
This Youtube video of Adalita sharing the stage with Dean's children at The 2011 Meredith Music Festival made me a bit melancholy. RIP Dean, thanks for all the sensational music.
Just in case Magic Dirt has somehow escaped your observation, please feel free to introduce yourself to it by one of my favourite tunes, Pace It.
MAGIC DIRT - Pace It from Glendyn Ivin on Vimeo. If you love Aussie music, why not donate to Support Act. Support Act is a registered charity formed in 1997 to provide relief and assistance to members of the Australian music industry who are in need or suffering hardship, illness, distress and have generally hit rock bottom.This vital charity was founded by the music industry's peak bodies ARIA, APRA, AMCOS and PPCA.