Grief & Loss of Gang of Four Guitarist, Andy Gill

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Sound & Vision talks with author and activist Catherine Mayer, widow of Gang of Four guitarist, Andy Gill, who died February 1, 2020.

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artwork by Drew Wicklund

A new tribute album is coming out in a few weeks that covers songs by The English post punk band, Gang of Four. The album features Gang of Four Covers by The Dandy Warhols, IDLES, and more. This album, titled The Problem of Leisure, is a celebration of Gang of Four guitarist, Andy Gill, who died February 1, 2020. It was an album Andy Gill was working on at a hospital in the final days of his life. His widow, author and activist Catherine Mayer, has worked to ensure the album's release. She talks about the record, Andy Gill’s death, grief and her upcoming book, Good Grief: Embracing Life at a Time of Death.

“The way to move through grief is not to try to expel it but to embrace it because you are embracing the person you’ve lost. And what you want to be able to do is get to a point where the dead are part of your life and that gives you pleasure and sustenance and you are able to remember them with joy instead of just flinching with pain.”

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