Laura Kennedy, a founding member of the New York No Wave band the Bush Tetras, passed away on Monday afternoon after a lengthy battle with Hepatitis C. Kennedy played bass in the Bush Tetras, and her bouncing basslines were crucial to the band’s melding of funk, punk, and razor-wire guitars. A few videos from the band’s body of work below.
Bush Tetras, “You Can’t Be Funky”
Bush Tetras, “Stand Up And Fight”
Kennedy kept a blog that she started before receiving a liver transplant in late 2008; an entry from last January where she details the origins of her disease, and how she wound up in her adopted hometown Minneapolis, is particularly illuminating, if currently heartbreaking, reading.