Justin Townes Earle, Americana star and son of Steve Earle, dies aged 38

ustin Townes Earle performs on stage at Celtic Connections Festival at 02 ABC Glasgow on January 17, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland
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Singer-songwriter and guitarist Justin Townes Earle, a celebrated Americana and roots music artist and the son of country star Steve Earle, has died at the age of 38.

Earle’s passing was announced in a posting on his social media pages: “It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you of the passing of our son, husband, father and friend Justin,” the post read. 

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.