Mazzy Star co-founder David Roback dies aged 61

David Roback and Kendra Smith in Opal, 1983 (Image credit: Laura Levine/Getty Images)

David Roback, a co-founder of the influential alt-rock band Mazzy Star, died on February 25, a representative of the band confirmed. The guitarist, songwriter and producer was 61.

Roback was raised in Southern California, and played in a band named the Unconscious which also featured Susanna Hoffs, who would go on to sing and play guitar in the Bangles.

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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.