Dave Kusworth RIPLegendary Birmingham rock n roller who was more Keef than Keef, Dave Kusworth has died at the age of 60. With his hats and scarves he epitomised the rock n roll glimmer twins dream but he could back it up with an immense gift for melodic song writing couched in the guitar strewn rock n roll of the Jacobites with Nikki Sudden in the early eighties or eventually on his own trail of great records.


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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. The world has lost of the greatest rock’n’roll troubadours and I am just devastated by the news. The only consolation is the magnificent legacy of music Dave leaves behind. Just stunned to lose a friend like this. RIP Dave

  2. Very saddened to hear this news. Just heard it today. Can’t believe it.
    Dave was great to be around. Great musician. Good company and good to be in the studio with as well as on stage, live.
    Gigs were tremendous fun as well as the tours. Reunited now with Nikki, I for one will always remember the Howling Good Times!
    Sleep well my friend. Terry

  3. Very, very sad! I always wanted him to play at my daughter´s marriage!
    Always true to himself & no musical fashion doll!

    Up there in heaven…sweet dreams Dave & enjoy your white wine


  4. Just found out about this now, 1/30/21! I spent an amazing afternoon in 1999 interviewing Nikki and Dave at L.A.’s Cat & Fiddle Pub. For two guys who never really made it, they were like the biggest stars in the world to me.
    I would hang with Nikki when he would come to L.A. for solo shows, and last saw him in summer 2005. Dave never made it back to L.A. to my knowledge, so I will always treasure that day.
    RIP, boys. You made my life infinitely more interesting through our brief encounters.


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